4/15/16: Taking Care of Business

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Sometimes I assign quiet reading or individual study time to my students. Inevitably when I look up, I find somebody talking, or another student playing around, or someone out of his seat. When confronted about why he wasn’t reading or studying, the student always has an excuse that doesn’t impress me. There was no emergency, so he should have been seated taking care of business. He’s in the wrong; end of discussion.

Occasionally though, there are those rare times when all the students diligently stay on task. I lavish them with high praise, letting them know how proud I am of them, and pointing out that their obedience in this area causes my trust-in-them meter to rise. The next time they have a request, I’m more likely to move in their favor because I know they can take care of business. Even when I call upon them to work a while on their own, they can be assured I’ll be back to continue to work with them and reward their accomplishments.

Luke 12:32 – 40 is reminiscent of this teacher/student scenario. The passage starts by saying, “…it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom” (vs. 32). God loves rewarding us, and as we gain the kingdom, we’ll need to take care of some things. We need to be about the business of laying up “treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches nor moth destroys For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (vss. 33-34).

Now here’s the clincher. Verse 37 says, “Blessed are those servants whom the master, when he comes, will find watching” (NKJ). To be found watching is a participatory term which means to be caught being diligent doing what you’re supposed to be doing. In the same way in which I’m proud of my students when I find them on task, God is happy with us when He comes to us and finds us on task for Him.

Are we “watching?” Are we consistently on task, taking care of God’s business in our homes, on our jobs, at church, and in our personal devotional lives? If God literally showed up unexpectedly at any particular hour of our day today, would He find us “watching,” diligently doing what we’re supposed to be doing? Verse 40 warns us, “Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” Start watching!

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One Response to “4/15/16: Taking Care of Business”

  1. Before we Christians can “take care of business”, we must have a deep abiding relationship with God through faithful pursuit of intimate knowledge of Jesus Christ and an openness to be shaped by the Holy Spirit. For example, Jacob’s son-Joseph-had to be faithful to YHWH, the one true God before He had formed His chosen people the Israelites. Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob had to believe, by faith, that God is who He claims to be. Joseph faithfully lived according to God’s will even before God gave Moses the Ten Commandments (approximately 400 years prior to the Israelites receiving God’s laws). Moses was an outstanding Old Testament prophet and leader who was chosen by God to lead the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt where a cruel Pharaoh oppressed the Israeli people severely. While Moses and his brother Aaron followed God’s commands to present ten miraculous signs to Pharaoh to prompt Pharaoh to release the Israelite people from bondage, not until the tenth plague-the death of all the first born sons of every Egyptian family as well as the first born of their livestock-did pharaoh and the Egyptian people allow the Israelite people to leave. Here we see that God’s chosen people had to do what God told them to do in order for the development of a nation of His chosen people.
    The chosen people had to take care of business. (Unfortunately “the chosen people” rebelled against God and spent 40 years wandering in the desert wilderness because they failed to “take care of business”.

    Consider that Mary and Joseph had to “take care of business” to protect Jesus Christ and train Him to be faithful to God by obeying God’s commands. Jesus Christ had to obey His Father’s command to die on the cross and be resurrected from the grave in order to initiate the true church-the body of Christ with Jesus Christ at the Head.

    There are numerous prophets and faithful teachers, preachers, and missionaries who have had vital roles in building Christianity around the world who have had “to take care of God’s business”.

    Each day I ask the Lord to use me in some way that will bring glory, praise, and honor to God the Father.

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