Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Faithful much?

Something missing today is "faithfulness." In a culture where we demand the next-new-best thing NOW, we are rapidly losing the value of working and waiting patiently. It's evidenced everywhere.

For example, I often counsel would-be-wise soon-to-be-married young people not to fall for the trap that they must through debt today have the same things their parents have attained over the course of 25 years; then, promptly, many don't listen and buy a house and car and _________ they cannot afford and get into the rat-race-stress-cycle of trying to afford it all (not to mention, forgetting we weren't even created to be leisure-hogs or mass consumers).

Other examples abound. We can't wait in traffic without losing our cool. We get hot food in less than 5 minutes and complain about how "long" it takes. We have phones that allow us to talk to people on the other side of the planet, but get angry when the signal is imperfect (HELLO! they are MILES away from you!). On and on and on...

God values faithfulness. We need to consistently do the right thing and patiently wait for the right result.

"Whoever tends a fig tree will eat its fruit, and he who guards his master will be honored." (Proverbs 27:18 ESV)

When we plant, in due season, we will reap. Water. Till. Pray. Wait. Repeat.

For those who have ears to ear...a reading for today:

“Stay dressed for action and keep your lamps burning, and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the wedding feast, so that they may open the door to him at once when he comes and knocks. Blessed are those servants whom the master finds awake when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will dress himself for service and have them recline at table, and he will come and serve them. If he comes in the second watch, or in the third, and finds them awake, blessed are those servants! But know this, that if the master of the house had known at what hour the thief was coming, he would not have left his house to be broken into. You also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.”
Peter said, “Lord, are you telling this parable for us or for all?” And the Lord said, “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom his master will set over his household, to give them their portion of food at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes. Truly, I say to you, he will set him over all his possessions. But if that servant says to himself, ‘My master is delayed in coming,’ and begins to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and drink and get drunk, the master of that servant will come on a day when he does not expect him and at an hour he does not know, and will cut him in pieces and put him with the unfaithful. And that servant who knew his master's will but did not get ready or act according to his will, will receive a severe beating. But the one who did not know, and did what deserved a beating, will receive a light beating. Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required, and from him to whom they entrusted much, they will demand the more. (Luke 12:35-48, ESV)

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