Google+ 07/11/13 God's Work Ethic!

Luke 12:47-48


“And a servant who knows what the master wants,

But isn’t prepared and doesn’t carry out those instructions, will be severely punished.

But someone who does not know, and then does something wrong, will be punished only lightly.

When someone has been given much, much will be required in return;

And when someone has been entrusted with much, even more will be required."


Luke was certainly in the right profession when Jesus called him to be a disciple.  As a physician, Luke's attention to detail in his life and writing helps us understand the complexity of many of the things that Jesus said.   Today's Scripture is a brilliant example of this.  Those that feel like they can ignore God's will in their life, should read these two verses of Scripture carefully.  Disobedience brings punishment, either harshly or lightly.  According to Scripture, there is no way out.  Ignorance only lessens the punishment.  Let's digest that completely.  According to Luke, it is our job to determine what the Master wants.  We must not leave any stone unturned in determining God's will in our lives.  Jesus eliminates one of the most over-used excuses that mankind is heard professing in every corner of the globe. We can no longer say "I didn't know," in order to appease God.  Luke is clear that it is our obligation to know, at all costs to us.  What does that mean for us today?  Our priorities must change in order to place God's will in our life as our number one goal.  That requires prayer and service, and both take time, which most of us will claim we don't have.  Satan is the great deceiver.  The devil does not want us to determine God's plan for our lives.  What could be worse for Satan than a bunch of motivated, self-directed people proclaiming the word of God?  So, no excuses.  Focus on God's will in your life right now.  Finally, to those that do a great deal for God now, be ready.  God wants more!  Now comes the second most popular phrase that we say out loud all the time.  Someone lied to us when we were growing up if we constantly utter the phrase, "It's not fair!"  Life as a Christian is NEVER fair.  Was it fair that Christ was crucified?  Was it fair that once Paul repented, had his name changed, and was ordained by God to preach His message, that Paul spent most of the rest of his life in jail?  The answer to both of these questions is obviously "NO!"  People often comment on how much we do in our ministry for God.  They ask me how and why we do it.  My answer is very simple.  We are striving to be obedient.  That is all.  We are not better than anyone else.  We have just been blessed with much and God expects much more.  Listen to not from Star Wars!  It is not "the force" that will "be with you!"  Luke, the physician, tells us that there is no middle ground.  If we are out of God's will, intentional or not, God will punish us.  If we are striving to work in God's will, the more we do, the more He gives us to do.  So now we know God's Work Ethic.