devotional post # 2034
Luk 19:11 While they were overhearing to these things, Jesus went on to give an illustration, because he was near to Jerusalem, and because the people thought that the kingdom of God was going to appear immediately.
Luk 19:12 For this reason, he said, “A nobleman went to a distant country to receive for himself a kingdom and then return.
Luk 19:13 So he summoned ten of his slaves, gave them ten minas, and said to them, ‘Do business transactions with these until I come back.’
Luk 19:14 But his citizens hated him and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We do not want this man to reign as king over us!’
The ecclesiastical movement I came from puts a lot of emphasis on the soon coming of Jesus Christ. Jesus taught that he is going to return, and we should all live our lives ready for that return. But, like all movements and doctrines, it is possible to get carried away. If we think that Jesus is coming so soon, we might be tempted to focus on the wrong objectives in life.
Jesus taught his disciples that there would be a long time when he would be physically absent. During that time, his followers would be responsible to preach his kingdom, but most importantly they were to be living by its principles, investing the grace that they had received into the lives of others.
LORD, show us how to invest your grace into the lives of those you send our way.