SUNDAY, JUNE 9, 2013.
DOING GOD’S BUSINESS
IT is a wonderful thing to be involved in God’s business. It is more wonderful to be found worthy sharing in the business of the master in a servant leader relationship. Jesus our example had said: ‘…whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave — just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many,’ Matt. 2ov28.
There are some who desire to be part of God’s business, but are full of excuses: Luke 9v57-62. Of course, these persons are not fit for the business of the Lord. However, the work of the Lord must be done according to His standards. In Gen. 6, God told Noah to build an ark of Gopher wood. That meant only Gopher wood; Exodus 26v30 – to build the Tabernacle, God said to Moses, ‘you shall construct the tabernacle according to the pattern; Heb. 8v5 – God said to him: see that you make all things according to the pattern shown you). Jesus God Himself observed, ‘My Father is always working, and I too must work,’ John 5v17. It is the desire of God that believers should join hands with Him to do His business in His way.
In the parable as recorded by St Matthew 25v14-30, we were presented with three characters of persons who received talents from their master according to their ability. The spirit of God gives to each member of the household of God gifts according to his ability (Rom. 12v6-8; I Cor. 12v4-11). To the first, He gave five talents; second received two talents and the last, one talent. Their master now embarked on a journey and expected them to occupy or do this business till he comes (Luke 19v13).
Interestingly, the person with five talents traded and added value of more five talents. The second person followed suit. Whereas, the last too judgmental and lazy: ‘Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So, I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’ Matt. 25v24-25 – no returns.
Impliedly, the first two persons were genuine workers, committed and dedicated as they traded; they shared the vision of the owner of the estate and made profits. Unfortunately, the last person with one talent was a hard man, too judgmental, not a genuine worker, not committed/dedicated, was not interested in the vision of the owner of the estate and therefore made no profit at all. He was selfish; he hid the money and did no investment at all. No wonder, he received no commendation but instant judgment and loss of his position. Matt. 9v37-38. The business of God in the present dispensation requires those who would share in the vision of the owner of the work (Prov. 29v18). They should be dedicated and committed. Prov. 6v6-8. It is important that they should be prudent (Matt. 25v20-23), innovative, know their limitations, should always be accountable awaiting day of reckoning, should be humble. Luke 22v27).
However, doing God’s business in His own way as believer, we need to avoid the following: pride, selfishness, uncharitable thoughts, must not be a gossiper, laziness – physical and spiritual, unholy living, over-estimating of one’s importance, lack of commitment and dedication among others. Remember, ‘there is a priceless reward for those who do God’s work faithfully.’VEN. ERNEST ONUOHA Rector, Ibru International Ecumenical Centre, Agbarha-Otor, Delta State.