Saturday, July 02, 2011

Convo with Pastor - Luke 16:10 - Faithfulness

The fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace,
patience, kindness, goodness,
FAITHFULNESS, gentleness, and self-control.
Galatians 5:22-23 
Whoever is faithful in a very little
is faithful also in much ...
Luke 16:10
The magic of Jesus' parables is that they're timeless. He talks about a manager and an assistant. Since we still have managers and assistants, we can easily transfer his point to our modern circumstance.
In fact, I've been a manager. And it's not that I test "employees," but daily everyone's work is a test. We count on others to constantly pull their share of the load.
Most jobs are small. But a person's performance with the little things determines whether I'll trust them with the bigger things. Why? Because a person who is "faithful in a very little [I can count on being] faithful also in much."
When Jesus ascended into heaven, God was doing a remarkable thing. Jesus birthed the church with his blood. And then he left. He handed over the whole kingdom to his apprentices. Then that generation handed it over to the next generation. 
God constantly entrusts the kingdom to fragile human hands. But he doesn't leave us abandoned and alone. He's sent the Spirit to stir faithfulness -- another spiritual fruit -- into our hearts.
How much and how thoroughly the Spirit operates through us is dependent upon us. The more we yield to his leading and give his plans the right of way in our life, the more faithful we will be. Step by step, task by task, day by day, God entrusts his kingdom to us. Our initial responsibilities will be small, but as we prove faithful in the little things, he'll bless us with richer assignments.
Every day ... every assignment ... every opportunity is a test. And every moment the Spirit is standing beside us, full of awesome power and waiting to be asked. The kingdom -- today and for the sake of the next generation -- is waiting for you. God invites you to be a good employee who gets invited into management and prospers.
In Christ's Love,
a guy who doesn't want
to just punch the clock
... I want a salaried position
and stock options in heaven
I think that sometimes just the act of faith ... choosing to be faithful in little ... consistently. Adds up to being faithful in much. Doing one seemingly little thing constantly in faith and looking back we realize how much it really was. The big picture can be too overwhelming.

The illustration from Indiana Jones was used once.  He was facing a huge pit and knew there was a bridge, but until he showed the faith to take a single small step he didn't know the bridge was there. That small step turned into the next and then the next and on until he reached the other side. Faithful in each step got him to the other side.

Faithful in each of our steps will lead us closer to Christ.

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