Then he said, "Beware! Guard against every kind of greed. Life is not measured by how much you own." [Luk 12:15 NLT]
Sometimes I read the bible and just sit back amazed! What God has for us is so contrary to what the world will tell us and try to drill into our lives. Every day we are saturated with messages that tell us we need more, gotta have more, gotta have better, bigger, newer….. there is no escaping the trap.
Then God reminds us in so many ways that “wealth” is not determined by how much we have, but by how “little” we need… By that definition, I have met many worldly “wealthy” people who are “poor” by this definition and many “poor” who have true “wealth”.
Here in our world of BBQ there are no rich and poor, there are just brothers and sisters cooking away, trying to hear their name called at the end of the day. When we turn in our efforts, they go into a box that is un-identifiable by design. The contests are organized with great pains to insure that there is now way to identify who’s entry it is. The judges are presented with entries and judge them on their merit, not who they came from. It’s as fair a process that can be established. Cooks will argue judging and results, tables of death etc…it’s just what we do, but in the end, Great BBQ wins.
God is the same way, when we turn in our lives to be judged, God doesn’t care what we look like, where we’ve been, how much we acquired, how big our house is, etc.. God cares about what we did with what He gave us…. And He expects a return on His investment…
Before he left, he called together ten of his servants and divided among them ten pounds of silver, saying, 'Invest this for me while I am gone.' But his people hated him and sent a delegation after him to say, 'We do not want him to be our king.' "After he was crowned king, he returned and called in the servants to whom he had given the money. He wanted to find out what their profits were. The first servant reported, 'Master, I invested your money and made ten times the original amount!' "'Well done!' the king exclaimed. 'You are a good servant. You have been faithful with the little I entrusted to you, so you will be governor of ten cities as your reward.' "The next servant reported, 'Master, I invested your money and made five times the original amount.' "'Well done!' the king said. 'You will be governor over five cities.' "But the third servant brought back only the original amount of money and said, 'Master, I hid your money and kept it safe. I was afraid because you are a hard man to deal with, taking what isn't yours and harvesting crops you didn't plant.' "'You wicked servant!' the king roared. 'Your own words condemn you. If you knew that I'm a hard man who takes what isn't mine and harvests crops I didn't plant, why didn't you deposit my money in the bank? At least I could have gotten some interest on it.' "Then, turning to the others standing nearby, the king ordered, 'Take the money from this servant, and give it to the one who has ten pounds.' "'But, master,' they said, 'he already has ten pounds!' "'Yes,' the king replied, 'and to those who use well what they are given, even more will be given. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away. And as for these enemies of mine who didn't want me to be their king--bring them in and execute them right here in front of me.'" [Luk 19:13-27 NLT]
God has blessed all of us with gifts that He considers an investment. Are you giving God a return on His investment? He want’s your whole heart, Give it to God, what are you waiting for?
Jeff Loves Jesus and since being saved... born-again... my desire is to work for Him in whatever capacity that becomes. :)