As the remnant of Hurricane Harvey continued to drop water on the city of Houston, Texas, criticism rained down on the city’s megachurch, Lakewood. The church’s pastor was criticized for allegedly closing their doors and not helping victims of the ravaging floodwaters. Like the leaders at Lakewood, the servants in the scripture reference were given resources and a responsibility. The money was the resource, but what were they to do with it! This becomes evident in the master’s response once he returned.
12 He said: “A man of noble birth went to a distant country to have himself appointed king and then to return. 13 So he called ten of his servants and gave them ten minas. ‘Put this money to work,’ he said, ‘until I come back.’ 14 “But his subjects hated him and sent a delegation after him to say, ‘We don’t want this man to be our king.’ 15 “He was made king, however, and returned home. Then he sent for the servants to whom he had given the money, in order to find out what they had gained with it.
RESOURCES CAN LEAD TO REWARD
Only 30% or three out of the ten servants accepted him as their king.
16 “The first one came and said, ‘Sir, your mina has earned ten more.’ 17 “‘Well done, my good servant!’ his master replied. ‘Because you have been trustworthy in a very small matter, take charge of ten cities.’
18 “The second came and said, ‘Sir, your mina has earned five more.’ 19 “His master answered, ‘You take charge of five cities.’
20 “Then another servant came and said, ‘Sir, here is your mina; I have kept it laid away in a piece of cloth. 21 I was afraid of you, because you are a hard man. You take out what you did not put in and reap what you did not sow.’ 22 “His master replied, ‘I will judge you by your own words, you wicked servant! You knew, did you, that I am a hard man, taking out what I did not put in, and reaping what I did not sow? 23 Why then didn’t you put my money on deposit, so that when I came back, I could have collected it with interest?’
DECISIONS AND NEGATIVE CONSEQUENCES
24 “Then he said to those standing by, ‘Take his mina away from him and give it to the one who has ten minas.’ 25 “‘Sir,’ they said, ‘he already has ten!’ 26 “He replied, ‘I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what they have will be taken away. 27 But those enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them—bring them here and kill them in front of me.’”
It’s your choice and the consequences are crystal clear.
A BETTER WAY
After times of natural disasters or other major events, there is always a necessity for resources. This comes in the form of water, food and emotional support. To be successful, these resources must come from multiple sources in the private sector, not just the government. The Church should always be in the forefront during times of peace and seasons of difficulty. God’s church is more than a building or its leadership structure. It takes proper coordination and time to provide the care that people need. We should use our energy striving to be involved in the solution and not hurling accusations towards another. The critics failed to realize that some of Lakewood staff and volunteers could be displaced and not available to assist with helping others right away. We need God. He is always available to us and will give us more than any person.
Those that have believed on Jesus and accepted Him as their King are the Church. Our God-given resources should be used to do the work of God. In these times of tragedy we are reminded of the responsibility-to be the “Church Outside”. The people of God are expected by man and most importantly God, to use the resources we have to help others. As we do this, we are humbling ourselves and pointing believers and nonbelievers to Him. And remember, next time it could be you in need.
Scripture Reference: Luke 19:12-27