Follow His Directives Precisely

November 3, 2012

We’ve each been given at least one talent. It’s the King who has given these talents out, and He expects –yes, demands– that we not waste them or hide them, but use them for His glory. (Matt. 25:14-30) If we neglect our duty (v. 18), we will be thrown to the place where all worthless servants are thrown –that place of darkness and terrible weeping. (v. 30) It is the place of “eternal punishment” (v. 46) which was made for the devil and his hosts. (v. 41)

Now what if the Lord tells us to go to a particular field and use a certain plow, but we choose a different field and take up a rake or a broom or a wand? Plain and obvious: We’ve rebelled. Yet how many of “God’s people” are doing just that? God has given them a certain task, a certain directive, a specific talent, and His Holy Spirit’s assistance to do it, but they ignore God’s voice and go their own way? And how many, even as they do this, have the audacity to pretend they’re doing God’s work? Well, Jesus gives plain warning concerning such presumptuous rebels, stating that by not having done the will of the Father, they will be refused entrance into Heaven. (Matt. 7:21-23)

What about those who begin well but get side-tracked and distracted and therefore do not finish their assignments? God’s Word warns repeatedly of this. It says that such a person has not “overcome”, has not “endured till the end”, and will not, in the end, be saved. (Matt. 10:22 & 24:10-13 & & 25:1-13 // 1 Cor. 15:1,2 // Gal. 1:6-9 // Heb. 10:38,39 // Rev. 2:7 // etc.)

Let’s all take heed then to what the apostle Paul told Archippus when he said, “See to it that you complete the ministry you have received in the Lord.” (Col. 4:17) Let’s examine ourselves carefully (2 Cor. 13:5) and see if we are doing just that. And let’s make sure we do it till the end.

with love,

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