Luke 12:42-59

Luke 12:42-59

If we are faithful servants, we will tell the truth that our Master has asked us to tell. We will be faithful to that truth...What has God entrusted you with? …Everyone in this room has been entrusted with something… We’ve all been given a responsibility, and so often we reject, turn away from, and ignore that responsibility. But you have now been entrusted. God’s Holy Spirit was given you a call in your life to know and to let others know about the Person of Jesus. You have a responsibility, and you have been given…much, and now much will be required of you. I don’t care what your situation in life is. I don’t care how little you think you have or how little ability you think you have. God has given you the tools. He has given you all that you need to be responsible. He has called you servant, but the only way to truly serve and be responsible is to ask Jesus into your life and to have Him as your Lord and Savior. Let Him be your Master, and then wait patiently and serve diligently for Him to come…

We live in the flesh, and it is our flesh that we desire to fulfill. He has to bring a fire to burn that flesh away. He reaches into our heart. He reaches into our mind. He’s given us responsibility, He’s given us a call, He’s asked us to respond to it, and we ignore it. And then what do we hear the world around us saying? “But we desire peace! Peace and safety! We shouldn’t be fighting!” Well, what is it we’re fighting over? You know what most of the wars in this world have been fought for? Over Who Jesus is. Over what responsibility we have to God. Who’s God is stronger. Can there truly be peace on this earth? Not until Jesus comes and settles the matter. Until then, we are asked to stand faithfully in the truth of Who Jesus is. And if you are truly standing firm in the Person and faith in Jesus Christ, there can be no peace because you automatically bring division to this world…

[Jesus] says, I’ve given you all the things you need. I am your provision. God knows. God is watching. God cares. God will meet your needs. He will put food in your stomach, and He will put a roof over your head. You don’t have to worry about those things. You know what you have to worry about? Are you living for Him? Are you trusting Him? Are you giving Him your attention?…

If we are faithful servants, we will tell the truth that our Master has asked us to tell. We will be faithful to that truth because our Master has asked us to be faithful to it. We can live our lives, and we can try to be at peace with all men, and we can hide the knowledge that we have, but Jesus is watching. God is paying attention…

Is your heart right with God today?… Are there other things in our heart that we’re hiding? Are there ways that we are dishonoring God with our life? Are there ways that we are mistreating the other servants? Are there ways that we are not using what God has given to us for His glory? Are we giving the servants their portion of food at the proper time? What is the food of God but His Word? Are we taking opportunity to share what we know in God’s Word with other people? Are we taking those opportunities? Or are we ignoring them? Are we living for ourselves? Are we hoarding for ourselves? Are we looking only to meet my need? “When my need is met, then I’ll think about God! When God gives me what I want, then I’ll think about serving God.” I hear it all the time. I hear people say it all the time. “Me first, then God.” Well, you know what? The longer you carry that attitude, the greater risk you run of the Master returning and catching you off guard.

Dave Elkins