Text for Today – Luke 16:10 – He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.
One of the questions with which I am often confronted is, “If God really wants me to prosper, why don’t I have more than I have?” When I hear such a question, I realize that in most cases, the person asking the question has taken their gaze from Jesus the Provider, and gotten it on the provision (the things desired). But what caused that change of focus? I believe the greatest culprit in that scenario is one’s own failure to show himself trustworthy in what he already possesses.
We look to Jesus as our Redeemer, and that right well. He certainly is my Redeemer, my Savior, my Healer, my Provider, my Protector, and my Lord. But when I have allowed my focus to drift from Him to the thing needed or desired, the process of receiving has either been delayed, or thwarted altogether. I have discovered that the greater my focus on Jesus, the greater the sense of urgency that exists in my heart to fulfill His Word and obey His directions in my life. One cannot be intimate with Jesus and live without any sense of urgency concerning His commandments and our fulfillment of those commandments. The more I know Him, the more I love Him; the more I love Him, the more I want to please Him; the more I want to please Him, the greater my sense of urgency to do so.
I have already mentioned the fact that the Lord is our Redeemer. Yet in His Word, He commands us to be redeemers as well. He not only tells us to be redeemers, but tells us what we are to redeem, and why. He says that we are to “redeem the time for the days are evil.” Our days continually grow more evil, and the urgency of our need to redeem the time likewise increases. However, don’t let the increase of evil in our days stop, or even slow your work for Him. The Word also declares that “where sin abounds, the grace of God abound much more.”
A man unredeemed remains the possession of Satan, and is therefore wasted. Time unredeemed, likewise remains the possession of Satan, and is therefore likewise wasted. The end of an unredeemed man is destruction and torment. The end of unredeemed time is time filled with destruction and torment. Hear me, dear saith, and redeem the time. Redeemed time becomes your possession, and what you put your hand to, the Lord has promised to bless. Redeemed time is well-used time, profitable time, fruitful time. Redeemed time is filled with creativity and peace. So, redeem the time, dear friend, redeem the time.
Manna for Today – Luke 16:1-13; Matthew 25:14-29; Ephesians 5:14-21