Jan. 7, 2016

The Message


While “The Message” is not an actual translation of Scripture, it is a good book to read. It is written in story form as a way to share the basic message of Christ. Several years ago, I was part of a group that went into an Alzheimer’s facility and read “The Message” to its tenants. There are times simplicity is necessary.

I’ve been taking my time re-reading, “The Message.” I started in 2013. I am not all the way through Matthew, yet.  I told you – I am taking my time.

One of Christ’s methods of teaching was to tell stories called, “Parables.” In Matthew 24-25, Jesus used parables, or stories, as a way to teach His followers that He would be leaving them, but that He would return again. He was encouraging them to be ready for His second coming.

Last night, I read The Story About Investment in “The Message.” You might know the story as “The Parable of the Talents,” or “The Parable of the Bags of Gold.” You can read the story for yourself in whatever format or translation you feel most comfortable. Really my job isn’t to tell you what the Bible says – or how accurate “The Message” is – but, instead, to encourage you to dig deep into His story allowing you to hear His message designed especially for you.

It was interesting to read “The Message’s” take on God delegating responsibilities and tasks to His servants based on their abilities. I wish I had read this concept 45 years ago. I think religion focuses too much on “calling” and not enough on “need.” We are here to get the work done God needs done before His second coming.  I’ve tried most of my life trying to tell others, most especially God, what I wanted to do for Him instead of asking what He needed. How different my life would be if I had stopped focusing on my “calling” to break the glass ceiling in an exclusive denomination and, instead, moved confidently in the direction He delegated to me based on His wisdom and my abilities.

What would be different in my life had I chosen the path described in “The Message?” One, I would have taken more risks in focusing on making Him proud of me as opposed to making myself happy. Two, I would have worked where He placed me with what He gave me as opposed to demanding what I deserved or what was fair.

Jesus will return just as the “Master” described in His parable. He will not ask how busy we were for Him. He will ask if we played it safe or if we moved forward in His power with His blessing.  He will hold us accountable for what we did with what He gave us.

What has God delegated to you to do for Him? Ask Him. Discover it. Do it.