17: The Reward
Posted: Thursday, May 29th, 2014Print
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Martha's thorough and definitive series on one of the most pivotal spiritual issues, and one of the most misunderstood: Authority.
Humanity has a basic aversion to responsibility. We live for retirement and long for ease. But God created us for the adventure of responsibility and gives us the Divine Aim of ruling with Christ – literally ruling! Not figurative but real.
Know ye not that we shall judge angels?
I Cor. 6:3 KJV
The ambition to rule is hidden even in the most reticent heart. The drive is valid because it is our Destiny . . . but it is perverted by the Fall of Eden into the lust for control, overbearing and ruthless. Today’s little sphere of duty is weighed on a heavenly scale, measured by its increase.
(Luke 19 NKJV)
Zacchaeus, small of stature, climbed a tree to see Jesus. Jesus, responding always to passionate need, invited himself to Zacchaeus’ home. Zacchaeus “received Him joyfully” but the critics complained, saying, “He has gone to be a guest with a man who is a sinner.”
This little man’s first response to Jesus had to do with money.
“’Look, Lord, I give half my goods to the poor; and if I have taken anything from anyone . . . I restore fourfold.’
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Now as they heard these things, He spoke another parable.”
And it had to do with money.
“A certain nobleman (obviously, Jesus) went into a far country (Heaven) to receive for himself a kingdom and to return (the World). So he called ten of his servants (believers), 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.’”
What we have, has been given us by the Son of God. A trust and a test. It is His, be it money, ability, gifts, or revelation. And He is to be king of that investment, to “reign,” to rule over it all. Ours is to “let Him reign” over His possessions and increase them, by His will and His wisdom.
There is an inevitable accounting for those gifts and riches, a sure day of reckoning.
And so it was that when he returned, having received the kingdom, he then commanded these servants, to whom he had given the money, to be called to him, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading (vs 15).
Our king has received His kingdom, and we stand in that time between His throne in Heaven and His Second Coming. We are in the era of doing “business till I come.” Right now, we are investing in eternity.
Humanity considers reward to be a life free of work, with the highest fulfillment, an unencumbered existence. To the sinful nature, the ideal is to have no responsibility. But God’s gift to the “good servant” is greater responsibility, by the increase of Authority.
God considers Authority to be the privilege of the Kingdom, promotion into His highest purpose.
And he said to him, ‘Well done, good slave,
because you have been faithful in a very little thing,
you are to be in authority over ten cities’ (NASB).
The reason we were created is in God’s original design. He has never deviated from it.
“Fill the earth and subdue it. Rule . . .”
We were made to rule. For Him. By Him. With Him. God the Father will have His plan. By the tarnish of Eden we want to rule without the responsibility that goes with it! We see responsibility as a burdensome curse.
The responsibility to learn to rule is the great human adventure, a school of learning who God is and how HE rules, and “His commands are not burdensome” (1 John 5:3).
Learning to live as servant-ruler, that is our destiny: to serve and to rule. To rule by serving . . . and serve by ruling. To be “under” and to be “over.” For this Father sent His Son to brilliantly demonstrate how, and then to do it within and through us.
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