DAILY DEVOTIONAL THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2020 — Christian Publishing House Blog

Proverbs 1:22-23 Updated American Standard Version (UASV) 22 “How long, O simple ones, will you love being simple-minded? And how long will scoffers delight in their scoffing and fools hate knowledge? 23 Turn back at my reproof behold, I will pour out my spirit to you; I will make my words known to you.

DAILY DEVOTIONAL THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29, 2020 — Christian Publishing House Blog

‘It Will Be Good for that Servant’

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My Dear Shepherds, It is certainly easier to imagine the Apocalypse now than it was a year ago! Jesus’ commands to have our people ready and waiting for his return seem more urgent. In Luke 12 Jesus told us to “be dressed ready for service … like servants waiting for their master to return from a wedding banquet.” Peter asked, “Lord are you telling this parable to us, or to everyone?”

The Lord answered, “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom the master puts in charge of his servants to give them their food allowance at the proper time? It will be good for that servant whom the master finds doing so when he returns. Truly I tell you, he will put him in charge of all his possessions.” (Luke 12:42-44)

(Luke 12:42-44)

There is our job: To be faithful and wise managers, providing food on schedule to those in the household we oversee. Food service doesn’t have the cachet of greatness or prestige but that is our job. We’re quartermasters behind the lines, feeding the troops their rations. The measure of our success is a well-nourished flock, soldiers who don’t wilt in battle. As Dallas Willard wrote, “Instead of counting Christians, we need to weigh them.”

Pastors who love teaching the Bible sometimes assume that as long as they exposit Scripture for their people they’ve fed them well but, frankly, some pastors hide poor shepherding behind good preaching. We must feed our household as Jesus did, with the Word applied, visualized, and embodied by us. Pastors, breathing the Spirit, must incarnate what we preach. Most important is that our people see the love of Christ in us—in the grace we distribute like bread and the ways we wash their feet.

This isn’t the best time to evaluate our work, especially not by the often accepted metrics of pastoral success. Wait till Jesus returns. Feed your people now, day in and day out, meal after meal so that they are healthy, ready, and watching.

Christ’s promised reward is unsettling: “… he will put him in charge of all his possessions.” When I read promises like that (“take charge of ten cities,” is another), I think, You know, I’m tired of being in charge of things. How about if I just sing in the choir. But the work of heaven will be different. We may need a new word for it. “Work” is too weedy and weary. To begin with, our new responsibilities come because of the delighted trust of our Master. “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.” Look at that! He’s kept track of those countless small things we did in his name!

Not all our earthly accomplishments will matter then. Our pride-infected, misdirected, faithless work will have been incinerated like wood, hay, and straw. But when we did what the Lord assigned to us, when we built squarely on the foundation of Christ, when we fed, led, and guarded his flock faithfully, our humble work here will be seen there by Jesus as gold, silver, and jewels, the very building blocks of the New Jerusalem.

But there’s more! Our Master will also say, “Come and share your master’s happiness.” Managing God’s possessions in the New Jerusalem will come without weeds, without hassles. No problems to solve. No touchy people to shepherd. Everything to which we put our hand is glorious, every person is beloved, and everything is awash in the bright glory of God.

Lee Eclov Retired Pastor, PT Contributor, leeeclov.com

America’s Auld Lang Syne?

There is no doubt that our government does not run the way it was intended.  Congress seems incapable of doing the country’s business.  What has it accomplished in the last four years aside from the ridiculous impeachment of the president and sending our tax money to countries that call us names?  Using the coronavirus as an excuse, government is trying to insinuate itself into every facet of our lives.  As we allow the government to tell us when we can leave our homes, when we can go to work, and under what circumstances we can run our businesses, we relinquish more and more of our independence.

They Did it to Us, but We Can’t do it to Them! Double Standard?

Leading Democrats over the weekend blasted Republican representatives for announcing their intention to object to the Electoral College vote certification on Jan. 6. However, some elected Democrats have objected to certifying Electoral College wins for the presidential contests of 2000, 2004, and 2016 — when Republicans, including President Donald Trump, won the elections. For the elections of 2000 and 2016, several House Democrats objected to the certification of the results, but were not being joined by any senators. In the case of the 2004 election, however, Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer (CA) objected to President George W. Bush’s electoral win.

All Personal Feeds

This has been done before, and now that it actually matters the DEMS as always are kicking up a fuse that the GOP has decided to object to the 2020 election results. When we do what they already did it is ‘UNCONSTITUTIONAL’ and ‘undermines our democracy’, but when they do it all is well!

If it weren’t for double standards Democrats would have no standards at all!