If you are willing to go wherever He sends you and do whatever He asks you. Then ask Him the question and be prepared for an uncomfortable answer
Since he was not able to pay, the master ordered that he and his wife and his children and all that he had be sold to repay the debt. (Matthew 18:25 NIV)
This is in the context of forgiveness.
This is how seriously He takes it.
Unforgiveness affects everyone.
Like a ripple effect.
Everyone you know.
Everyone you come into contact.
Is indirectly affected.
There is no escaping.
That is the debt that builds up.
It accumulates over time.
Don’t let it fester.
Don’t let it grow and be a part of you.
Whatever happened to you.
Whatever was done to you.
Do it from the heart.
As he began the settlement, a man who owed him ten thousand bags of gold was brought to him. (Matthew 18:24 NIV)
You have His attention.
He knows you.
He may choose not to know all about your debts.
He is the King.
Whether He is your king or not.
For those who profess to serve Him, He is their king.
You are in His debt to whatever amount.
It doesn’t matter.
It will be more than you can pay back.
It is accrued from the day you were born.
You have added to it over the years.
You are not entitled to extra privileges.
You may not even be aware of what you owe.
Quite probably, you will lose track.
But there is an account being kept.
And every action.
However, there is a solution.
“Therefore, the kingdom of heaven is like a king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. (Matthew 18:23 NIV)
You can know His will.
You can know His forgiveness.
Let His will be real to you.
Let His forgiveness be real to you also.
This is not a suggestion.
It is a reality.
He is the King.
There is no other like Him.
A king has servants.
He also has sons and daughters.
He doesn’t need to settle accounts with them.
Jesus has settled the account.
He has paid the debt.
The Son has paid your debt to the King.
You should do likewise.
Will he thank the servant because he did what he was told to do? (Luke 17:9)
What is your motive?
Is your reasoning to create a convenient God?
One where He serves your needs and wishes?
He may want to know why you think that you have a higher purpose than His.
Don’t think you can get away with halfheartedness.
For half a heart is as good as no heart.
A heart only works when all the constituents are working.
Failure of one part is usually fatal.
You are not going to function at full capacity.
This is not how you were designed nor created.
He created you well.
Gave you life to be lived to the full.
Anything less than that is not what He intended.
He is looking to see if you really want to serve Him or the other way round.
He is looking to see your priorities and your focus.
Anything less than eyes for Him is not good enough.
It would tear you apart.
Being wholehearted is for your benefit.
You can’t run a race if you are halfhearted about it.
Be willing to submit to His ways.
He is doing it for your benefit.
That you are fruitful.
A blessing to many.
For their benefit.
He knows what you are capable of.
After all He made you.
He created you.
Won’t he rather say, ‘Prepare my supper, get yourself ready and wait on me while I eat and drink; after that you may eat and drink’? (Luke 17:8)
Isn’t it our joy and privilege to serve His purposes?
To wait on Him hand and foot?
He is worth it.
He is so loving.
He provides all for you and me.
There is no lack with Him.
He makes your heart beat faster when you hear His voice.
He calls to you.
He loves you.
Yet we are to serve His purposes.
For the grand design.
That is all that is expected.
He knows your need.
He knows your wants.
Your ambitions and desires.
Yet humble yourself before Him.
Let His desires be your desires.
Put yours down in favour of His.
Let your ambition be to please Him.
And Him alone.
Let your passion for Him consume you.
He wants your whole devotion.
So you can take you place.
And play your part.
In His plans and purposes.
That is not too much to ask.
Or is it?
“Suppose one of you has a servant plowing or looking after the sheep. Will he say to the servant when he comes in from the field, ‘Come along now and sit down to eat’? (Luke 17:7)
We are to serve Him not ourselves.
Jesus is a servant king but He is still a King.
He is not at your disposal.
Wait on Him.
In more ways than one.
He is the King of Kings.
Of a kingdom without limit.
Greater than any kingdom on earth.
Let your service be for Him, not for yourself nor for anyone else.
He is gracious and loving.
He is a Father and a brother.
Yet He is still King.
To be feared.
He is in control of your destiny not you.
If you wrestle with Him He may let you win.
But you will carry the scars for the rest of your life.
Submit to Him, fully and unconditionally.
It is the only way.
The people around you.
They were not created for your benefit.
His destiny for you is greater than your plans for your own future.
Let Him show you.
No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.” (John 10:18)
What instructions have you had from the Father.
What has He said to you and about you.
He created you for purpose.
He gave life to you for a reason.
I suspect just working to earn money was not top of the list.
You are greater than that.
Let Him shine through you.
His life is in you.
Despite your best efforts to wrestle control from Him.
He doesn’t control you but He is your creator.
That counts for something.
He is your Father.
You didn’t adopt Him.
Nor join His church.
You were His from the beginning.
Yet He chooses to let you choose.
The greatest gift – free will.
But what are you going to do with it?
Who or what are you going to serve?
You will serve someone or something.
Even if it is yourself and your own ambitions.
Let Him show you a better way.
The reason my Father loves Me is that I lay down my life —only to take it up again. (John 10:17)
How much do you love?
Do you love like Him?
He was willing to be obedient.
Whatever it cost.
His relationship with the Father was firmly rooted in love.
This was the only motive.
The Father knew of His son’s willingness.
He knows the cost.
And He knows the final outcome.
There was no uncertainty.
Be certain of your hope.
It cannot be misplaced.
Hope in anything else is not hope.
He is Hope personified.
Your relationship with Him matters.
Without it you cannot serve His purposes.
You cannot truly love.
For He is pure love.
To know His love is to surrender all.
Leaving nothing behind, just in case.
He is your all or He is your nothing.
A relationship with Him is more than being on a rota.
More than a list of dos and don’ts.
Let your relationship with Him flourish.
I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. (John 10:16)
One flock and one shepherd.
Not lots of flocks and lots of shepherds.
He wants people to serve His purposes together.
Unity isn’t different factions working on a project together.
Unity is when there are no factions and one shepherd.
He wants all His people to know Him as their shepherd.
There are streams, factions and denominations because of our hardness of heart.
He loves all equally.
No one is more right or more wrong.
Only He is right.
Only He is good.
And the sooner we see that the better.
Being humble isn’t an attitude, it is a state of being.
To love isn’t conditional.
No deserves it.
He alone loves perfectly.
Aim for perfection without making everyone else imperfect in comparison.
You are are the apple of His eye and so is the person next to you.
You are special but not that special.
He loves you perfectly and that should be enough.
Nothing else should even come close to matter more.
If you think you are right, therefore they must be wrong.
Honour Him by honouring others.
Not just those who think of themselves as being important.