Solomon had a vineyard at Baal-hamon;
He entrusted the vineyard to caretakers.
Each one was to bring a thousand shekels of silver for its fruit.
Song of Songs 8:11 NASB
Is what you’re doing fruitful?
I know—I’m meddling. My dad used to say to the pastor, after a particularly pointed sermon, you’ve gone from preaching to meddling.
So here I am today - meddling.
Jesus expects fruit. He expects a harvest.
Think of the parables Jesus tells of the master who gave his servants talents according to their abilities.
We know about the man with five who doubled his money, and the one with two who did the same. They hear the words every christian hopes to hear when reckoning with the Lord.
His master said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.' - Matthew 25:23
But what of the one who hid his talent? Listen to the rebuke he receives.
But his master answered and said to him, 'You wicked, lazy slave, you knew that I reap where I did not sow and gather where I scattered no seed. - Matthew 25:26
Not words I want to hear when I settle accounts with the Lord.
Most preachers today will tell you that because of the blood of Jesus, we will all hear those words - ‘Well done.’ This implies that we can continue to be 'wicked and lazy,' after Christ bought and paid for us with His own blood. His precious blood will hide the fact that we have buried our talents and gone on with life as usual. I’m not sure that’s so. It sounds a lot like hiding our lights under a bushel.
The point of being light is to shine.
The point of having seed is to reap a harvest.
The purpose of the gifts of the Spirit is ministry. There is a lost and dying world that desperately longs for a touch from the Spirit of God. [Tweet this]
There is good news. Notice in this parable of the talents when He gave the talents—this spiritual currency—He gave according to ability. God does not expect anything from you that is beyond your reach. He has equipped you—predestined you—to manage what He has given you.
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them. - Ephesians 2:10
You can do this!
You can bear fruit.
You can please the Father.
Simply put what God has given you to work—your gift—your talents—your abilities.
Get them out in the field.
He will bring the increase. He loves to breathe life on the things we do in His name.
Get out there and shine, beloved.