Kingdom resources in the time of coronovirus

My regular daily office reading has me in the Gospel of Matthew currently and today was Matthew 25.

It is still hard for me to read this passage and not have my upbringing in Bible reading flood my thoughts. In the past I was sure Matthew 24 and 25 were about the “end times” as in: “Are you rapture ready?” They are about the end times… and we are living in those times.

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The winnowing process of the Kingdom of God

There are two passages of Scripture I came through in my reading this week that describe what I am “seeing” in prayer during this time in our culture and the American Church.

His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire. (Matt. 3:12)

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My house shall be a house of prayer

I am sure I have posted about this before, but this insight from N.T. Wright on this passage well worth repeating!

12 Jesus entered the temple courts and drove out all who were buying and selling there. He overturned the tables of the money changers and the benches of those selling doves. 13 “It is written,” he said to them, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer,’ but you are making it ‘a den of robbers.’” (Matt. 21:12-13)

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The rest that waits for us

27 “All things have been committed to me by my Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.

28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:27-30)

The boldness I can have in prayer, and in my life, comes from the understanding that ALL THINGS have been handed to Jesus… and he then invites me to come to him!

All has been given to him… and all is mine as a result. The wisdom I need for this day, the strength, the discernment, the giftings… all of it. Today. It’s mine. I can REST in him and know that all I need for what is ahead is given. My call is to trust him. My call is to listen and obey.

So, when he says, “Pray bold prayers,” I can rest in that action. If I am to speak to someone, I can rest in the words that will come.

A key phrase I must keep in my heart all the time from this passage: “Learn from me.

Jesus won’t “zap” me with all I need. I can learn from him as I walk.

It’s not a harvest problem

35 Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness.36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” (Matt. 9:35-38)

It’s not a harvest problem. It’s a worker problem. The problem is not “the church” and all the complaints we can lodge against “the church.” The problem, dear friend, is us. 

We need our eyes UP (toward Jesus, who know our needs and is more than able to supply) and OUT (toward others) so we can see our true Supply, our true Power, and then be a conduit of the Kingdom for those who are hurting. The harassed are all around. Lord, help us to see!

Am I Conducting the Business of My Master?

Matthew 25:14-30 is the parable of the ten coins (or talents).

The question I come away with in this parable is this: Am I conducting myself in the way my Master would conduct business? Have I paid enough attention to what he has said that I know how to live life while he is away?

The servants all knew the master. They knew what to do. Two followed the pattern. One didn’t. One decided he would live in fear. Life in the Kingdom is life on the edge. You have to put things on the line and risk in order to gain. The third servant feared the loss more than he anticipated the gain. He decided NOT to walk in the manner of his master… and lost.

Are we following the footsteps of our Master? Are we conducting Kingdom business in his pattern? Are we living in a way that utilizes the Kingdom’s power to its fullest? Are we living in trust because we know the Father?

Conduct yourself in the manner of the One who left you to do HIS task. It is HIS work… not ours.