Matt’s Musing

August 5, 2022

Sermons

Dear St. Paul’s Friends & Family,

“Do not be afraid, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom…” (Luke 12:32a)

One of the great personal accomplishments of my teen years was being entrusted with running a tractor and mowing machine when I was about 14 years old.  Mowing the hay had been my grandpa’s job, but when his eyesight prevented him from doing it safely, my dad called on me to do this important work.  Dad had been training me to do this and the day finally came when he trusted me to do this job on my own.  Looking back on it all, I marvel at his faith in me to safely run dangerous and expensive equipment without direct supervision!  

In our scripture lesson for this week, Jesus is essentially doing the same thing.  He’s trusting us with managing God’s creation in his absence.  In the 12th chapter of Matthew, he told two parables about a wealthy master of the house who left all his possessions to be managed by his slaves.  In the first parable, the slaves are encouraged to be prepared for the master’s return at any moment, tending to the lamps and watching for his return even during the darkest hours of the night.  The second parable featured two chief slaves who are entrusted to manage the household.  The one slave was wise, and judiciously cared for the master’s possessions, especially the other enslaved people in the household.  The second manager abused those left in his charge, taking advantage of the master’s household for his own personal gain.

It is Jesus’ pleasure to give us the kingdom of heaven.  As with any profound gift that’s given to us, a curious mix of faith and stewardship comes with it.  Like mowing hay or running a household, the experience isn’t ours to possess, but also belongs to others who are involved with its existence, and ultimately, to the master who decides the fate of the venture.  God not only takes pleasure in entrusting us with creation but has faith that we will wisely and steadfastly use creation for the betterment of all God’s people.  Similarly, God will provide the basics that we need for life and trusts us with sharing that abundance with other servants who are experiencing difficulties in their lives.  God’s faith in us requires a response that we not only trust God to guide and provide, but that we will wisely manage all that God has given to us.  The fruits of God’s household for which we toil, aren’t ours to possess but given by God as a means for abundant life.  May each of us receive the blessings of God’s faith in us as we aspire to be wise and faithful managers of God’s household.

Blessings on your journey!

Pastor Matt

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