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Christians and The Arts, part 2 of 2.

December 16, 2017

[Quick Review: scroll down to yesterday’s blog first]

Kinda hammered today by what Jesus said —

A man was going off on an extended trip. He called his staff together and delegated responsibilities for investments.

To one he gave five thousand dollars, to another two thousand, to a third one thousand, depending on their abilities.

Then he left.

Right off, the first servant went to work and doubled the investment.

The second did the same.

But the man with the single thousand dug a hole and carefully buried the money.

After a long absence, the man came back and settled up with them. The one given five thousand dollars showed him how he had doubled his investment. He was commended: “Good work! You did your job well. From now on be my partner.”

The staff member with the two thousand showed how he also had doubled the investment. He, too, was commended “Good work! You did your job well. From now on be my partner.”

The one who’d been given one thousand said, “I know you have high standards and hate careless ways, that you demand the best and make no allowances for error. I was afraid I might disappoint you, so I found a good hiding place and secured your money. Here it is, safe and sound down to the last cent!”

He was met with fury: ‘That’s terrible! If you knew I was after the best, why did you do less than the least? The least you could have done would have been to invest the sum with the bankers, where at least I would have gotten a little interest.”

Turning to the others, he continued shouting: “‘Take the thousand and give it to the one who risked the most. And get rid of this play-it-safe one who won’t go out on a limb. Throw him out into utter darkness!”

Jesus said that, in Matthew 25:14-30.

Kinda hard to hear someone read that in worship and conclude with “This is the Word of God for the people of God” while I clear my throat to respond with “Thanks be unto God.”

Kinda wanna put a question mark after both of those liturgical statements: “This is the Word of God for the people of God?” and “Thanks be unto God?”

Kinda don’t want to think about the implementation, the application, of this passage of Scripture. Especially in light of what Bradley Garvin said in the interview I quoted here yesterday.

There are people in churches with talents and abilities and we fail to encourage them. Sadly, we might even be forcing them to bury them.

What can you and I do today to be more like the first two staffers in the story and less like the third? Try one thing today.

What can we do with all that’s been invested in us by our Lord and Savior? Start with doing one thing today.

 

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