Luke 19:11-27

Luke 19:11-27

Life is hard, and circumstances can certainly be harsh, but our King has left us something. It's called His love.. He wants us to take that love that He left with us and invest it. How are you investing His love?It’s not about these walls, it is not about having a nice parking lot, it is not about us living in nice clothes as Christians, and having a place to gather. It’s not about here. It’s about what you do when you leave here. How you live your life each and every day beyond these walls. You’re His servant. You come here to get refreshed each week in order to go out there to serve. That’s what it is to be a servant. And He has given you the ability to invest. And guess what? He is coming back! He will establish Himself on His throne…

How many of you think of God as being hard?… He sometimes allows for us in the flesh to suffer through some very difficult times. And just because you and I may, at this moment, be sitting in the lap of luxury does not mean that tomorrow, we will be sitting in the same lap. We may lose everything…

There is nothing that we have that God did not give to us. The very breath in our lungs is in our lungs because God gave it to us. There is nothing that we have, nothing that we will be is outside of what God gave to us. We owe God our lives. We owe Jesus our allegiance because He’s our King, but yet, how many of us find ourselves hiding away? Taking the talent, the gift that Jesus gave to us and hide it because we’re afraid. We’re afraid of what someone might say. We’re afraid of what people will think of us. We’re afraid of the outcome…

I know a lot of people who feel like they have nothing. They feel they’re destitute, yet you look at their lives and really they’re not hurting that bad. You might have looked at your own life and said, “I have nothing. I have nothing to give.” Consider your life. Consider the breath that you have in your lungs. Consider the fact that you get to get up each day and face a new morning with God at your side. With the strength and the authority of a King that you are serving at your side. If you don’t invest, when you finally stand before Him, He will take what little bit that you do have, that you didn’t think you had, and give it away… And though you may feel you have nothing, you have at least what God has given to you: breath in your lungs and a voice to speak out His Name. We are without excuse…

We will all be judged based on what we’ve done with what God has given to us. And there is an end that is coming. There is a judgment that is coming. You can be sure of that. It’s not a fairy tale. It will happen…

Part of why we do not respond right before God, part of why we do not invest what He has given to us, is because we have an idea of Who God is supposed to be for us, and we tell Him so, and when He doesn’t do things our way, we get upset with Him. And men have tried to tell God for centuries what to do and, when God did not respond to them, what did they do? “Well, there must not be a God, then,” and they eliminate Him. Is He eliminated? Is He gone because we choose not to believe in Him? I see His power and I see His authority all around me all the time, and it is ludicrous for men to say He does not exist…

There is a rumor going around that He is a hard and harsh King. I’m here to tell you, it’s not true. Life is hard, and circumstances can certainly be harsh, but our King has left us something. It’s called His love. He invested His love with His very life. He proved that love by dying for you and I, but He’s still coming. Death could not stop Him. He is still coming. He wants us to take that love that He left with us and invest it. How are you investing His love? It’s not too late if you’ve not invested before, it’s not too late. When you invest His love, you can get instant return…and we get return simply by telling somebody else that their King is coming and He loves them. His name is Jesus Christ.

Dave Elkins

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