Ugly Lessons

Bob Mayo, Stonepoint Member

This has been somewhat of a strange week. I have been thinking a lot lately about my life and work here and what, if anything, I would do with the time I have left on this earth. Now, this may sound really spiritual, but I can assure you, it is not. Basically, I have been thinking in terms of what I want, and not what the Lord wants. Some of my thinking has been out of the sins of selfishness and pride. Even though my thoughts seem reasonable and logical to me, they may not be to God.

I learned a few lessons today during our service at Stonepoint from Matthew 25:14-30. The first one is that we get caught up in our own lives and we lose perspective as to what God wants. I am so guilty of that. What does God want of us anyway. A short version of the answer is that God wants us to love Him with all our hearts, soul and might (Deuteronomy 6:5). He also wants to be about doing His work and looking for His return with great expectation (Matthew 25:14-30).

Another lesson I learned today is that God deals with us according to our abilities. In the parable in Matthew, there are three servants and each was given a certain amount of talents or money. It was actually a great deal of money, even to the one who only received one talent. Then the master went on a trip and left the servants to put the money to work. Notice that the servants all received different amounts of talents. One servant received 5, one received 2 and one servant just received one. The passage goes on to say that the distribution was made according to the ability of the servant. Now, if I was the servant who only received one talent, I would be offended. But the bottom line is that if this servant was given more, he would have been destroyed by the great responsibility. What is the lesson for us in this? For me, it is that we are all part of the Body of Christ but each member is not the same (nothing like stating the obvious).

There is a passage in 1 Corinthians 12:14-26 that has always challenged and intrigued me. The passage describes the different parts of the human body and compares and explains how each part is important in the Church. It even says that the less attractive parts of the body are to be deemed more honor than the attractive parts. The passage finally says that God has placed each member in the body just as He desired. Now, in our flesh, if we consider ourselves to be one of the lesser parts, we often become envious of the parts that have more honorable parts. When in reality, and here is my lesson on this for today, we need to be faithful at where God has put us and serve Him with joy and integrity. Why? Because the Master (God), is coming back.

One more lesson I learned today. When the master comes back, we don’t want to be found fruitless. As in the parable in Matthew 25, when the master comes back there will be a settling of accounts. I have sometimes thought of what it will be like when Jesus returns and settles accounts with me. I have heard others say that they think it will be great. I think that it will be more of a time of shame and hopefully repentance and worship to God. Oh, I will be saved, but when my walk with Christ is opened before Him and me, it will show all my sins and flaws. My lesson for today in this? I don’t want to be caught being fruitless when Jesus returns! As Pastor Brandon said this morning, Jesus said to the unfaithful servant, “you gave nothing.” The servant took his talent, and out of fear and anxiety, he just did nothing. In the end, he lost both the talent and his reward.

So today was a time of confession and repentance for me. God has gifted me in some areas the same he has for all of us. But my problem is that I don’t necessarily like what He did. While I accept I am not one to be the main actor on the stage and feel safe and comfortable hiding in the costume chest back stage, I still have a glimmer of pride that says, I should be in the lime light. Are you in this place in your life? Or are you just in a place where you are doing nothing? May we repent of our sin and trust God that He has everything in control and has placed us where he wants us to best serve His body. That is not to say that our place in the body can’t change, but it has to be God who does the changing, not us. And I think it will only come as we are faithful in what He has already given us. I have heard it said that pride is a killer. I, for one, don’t want to allow pride, arrogance or fear take away from serving my Lord with a humble heart! May we repent today of our pride and arrogance and just seek to serve our Lord with whatever he has given us. Oh God, please forgive us!!

 

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