Texts: Exodus 20:8-11; Matthew 25:14-30; Luke 19:11-27
Speaker: Joel Miller
Our fourth commitment is a big one: “Share our time and resources, discerning our call to both work and rest.”
It’s big because our time and resources cover the full span of how we order our lives. It’s big because in Jesus’ teachings, finances and resource sharing are inseparable from expressions of the kingdom of God. It’s big because discerning our call to both work and rest is counter-cultural. Sabbath rest, the enjoyment of life for its own sake, doesn’t pay well. It gets all the more complicated for folks for whom work doesn’t pay well either.
This is big because in order to talk honestly about time, resources, work, and rest, we must keep in mind the very big impersonal economic powers persistently imposing their will on us, for good or for ill, and the very personal spiritual gifts of gratitude and generosity re-shaping our will – to keep both of these in view at all times.
So what better way to survey the landscape than through a parable of Jesus that has been applied to both of these levels, from the earliest memory of the church....