God Is Beyond Democracy
Lord, sometimes I come up short. My spirit flags, my trust wanes, my life gets out of focus. Center me on You again.
Read Luke 19:11-27
Scripture taken from the Holy Bible, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. All rights reserved throughout the world. Used by permission of International Bible Society.
When we read God’s Word, we are challenged to think beyond our own circumstances.
The expression “while they were listening to this” (11) connects today’s parable with Zacchaeus. Some in this audience were religious authorities, others were expecting God’s kingdom, and the disciples were attempting to figure out what just happened. The story has some parallels with other stories told by Jesus, such as workers in the vineyard (Matt. 20), talents (Matt. 25), two debtors (ch. 7), and the faithful manager (ch. 12). Let’s consider just a few points:
Responsibility. The master delegates responsibility to his servants. At his return, he demands accountability. They were not evaluated by their strategic planning; rather, they were evaluated according to their effectiveness in fulfilling their responsibility.
Understanding. The master knows his servants and distributes funds based on his knowledge. He is testing and training his servants on abilities that could be used later on in his kingdom. Readiness, for them all, comes with understanding the big picture. To lack understanding is to be unprepared.
Consistency. The master’s leadership style was not liked by his servants. They thought they could prevent his appointment as king by sending a delegation, but they were wrong. Consistency made them afraid; they wanted someone flexible they could twist.
Equality. We may all be equal in our human condition, but we are not the same in the gifts we’ve been given and our sense of responsibility. The servants all received equal opportunity; success was not based on the amount received but on how they used it.
What gifts, talents and opportunities have you received from God? How are you using them responsibly for the Master?
Loving Father, You’ve given me so very much. I offer all that I have to serve You and Your purposes in the very best way I can.
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