Killing Time Will Kill You
Jesus tells a parable in Luke 19 beginning in verse 11, “…He spoke another parable, because He was near Jerusalem and because they (those following Him) thought the kingdom of God would appear immediately. Therefore He said, “A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and to return. So He called His servants, delivered to them ten minas, and said to them, “Do business till I come.” But His citizens hated him, and sent a delegation after Him, saying, “We will not have this man to reign over us.”
Jesus is the central figure in this parable. He is the nobleman who was going into a far country (heaven) to receive a kingdom. The servants are the Israelites of whom He called some servants and others citizens. Servants are citizens, but not all citizens are servants. Jesus said He gave the ten minas to His servants to conduct business in this world until He returned. In other words, He gave to the Israelites (none excluded) gifts and abilities (minas) that was to be shared with the ‘citizens’ of His kingdom. (the world) His servants was to begin their distribution in Jerusalem, then Judea, and move on to the outermost parts of the world. But the ‘unbelieving citizens’ of His kingdom made it clear from the outset they would not obey the nobleman’s instructions, “We will not have this man to reign over us.” This man the delegation referred to is none other than the Lord of Heaven, Christ Jesus, Son of God. We still see this same kind of reaction to the commands of the Son of God in the world today. This is hard for me to comprehend because these citizens who sent the delegation after Him knew they were in His kingdom eating His food, drinking His water, wearing the clothing He had provided for them, as well as spending His wealth; but they still thought, these things did not entitle Him to demand payment of them for those things. The nobleman was not asking something great of them. He was asking them to take what He gave them (gifts and abilities) and make a profit with it. A profit that would be turned over to Him when He returned. This was not then, and it is not today, an unreasonable request, and one that is fairly easy to fulfill. But for whatever reason, the people refused to do what He commanded them to do. However they still selfishly partook of His goods not understanding that one day they would be required to make restitution for the use of them. Jesus has told us there will be those who will use their gifts and abilities to further God’s Kingdom (make a profit). And there will be those who won’t. Those citizens who refused to have this man reign over them did not understand that when the nobleman received His new kingdom, He would no longer be just a nobleman with a small kingdom, but someone of far greater importance who would rule over a vast domain and all of its inhabitants.
The time the nobleman was away passed by quickly, “And so it was that when He returned, having received his kingdom, He (the nobleman who left, conquered the kingdom of Satan, and went home to receive His Father’s Kingdom, had returned as the conquering hero with the title of KING OF KING’S and LORD OF LORD’S) then commanded the servants to whom he had given the money (gifts and abilities) to be called to Him, that He might know how much every man had gained by trading.” Notice, the time frame in this parable; it wasn’t long after the return of the KING OF KING’S that He wanted the servants of His Kingdom to give an accounting of their activity while He was away. There is one other thing you should have picked up on in this parable; Jesus (the nobleman) fully expected every one of His servants to earn a profit with the money or gifts and abilities He gave them before departing for heaven. Also in this parable, Jesus tells us plainly those who use their gifts and abilities to expand God’s kingdom or to make a profit for the kingdom of God as it is described in this parable will be rewarded, and the end of those who don’t. “But bring here those ‘enemies’ of mine, who did not want me to reign over them, and slay them before me.” There is not one single scripture in all of the bible that tells us it is okay for the Christian (citizens of God’s kingdom) to sit home day after day and year after year and do nothing toward expanding the kingdom of God. But you will find a multitude of scriptures and parables such as this one that warn us; to be about the Father’s business of taking His message to the world. Dear christian, if you are one of the ‘do nothing slackers’, the time you are killing is killing you, just as surely as putting a gun to your head and pulling the trigger. There is no difference between the delegation that told Jesus, “We will not have that man reign over us,” and the multitude of people in the church who are committing time-released suicide by sitting in the same seat week after week and doing nothing but getting up and going home when the service is over.
The last thing we want to look at in this parable is; “We are either ‘good servants’ or ‘we are an enemy of God’.” There is no middle ground. The one is rewarded, the other punished. So, as we examine our life; and believe me the church of today needs to do a thorough examination of its activities to see which of these two classifications it falls into. Are we in the class with those who ‘do good’ and are making a profit for the kingdom of God, or are we in the class with those who ‘do nothing’ and are a liability to the kingdom? When I talk about making a profit for God, I am talking about bringing in the harvest of souls that are waiting to be harvested, I am not talking about lining our pockets with silver and gold in the name of the Lord while the world goes to hell around us. Hopefully, we are wise enough to make an accurate assessment of our life. If we are, then let us join the ranks of those who ‘do good’ and begin making a profit (winning the lost) for the kingdom of God, thus fulfilling our obligation to the Lord. We owe Him this much because He saved our life and granted us eternal salvation making us full-fledged citizens of His kingdom with all of the rights and privileges of God’s own children.
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