Wednesday, August 26, 2020
In Matthew 25.29 we have a man losing all that was given him -
losing, due to the simple fact that he had not used it,
losing because fear had tied his hands,
losing for lack of faith in the possibility of increase.
This passage comes near the end of Jesus' ministry,
a time of leaving last words of guidance to His followers.
It is the answer to the question:
"what is wisdom and what is foolishness?"
This whole chapter speaks of the kingdom of heaven.
Its application is for our lives.
What is at stake is the kingdom of God within us.
Today, the kingdom of God can be, and is, taken from many.
And we can so easily lose what we have - what has been given us,
not merely by sin but:
by trying to hold on to the past -
holding to a belief that God has withdrawn Himself from active working in our midst ...
"The Bible is complete and God no longer works in His people as of old".
or by holding on to something future -
"There is coming a great, earthshaking manifestation of God ... tomorrow".
Faith does not seem to extend to the working of the Spirit of God in His power in our midst today.
Rather, today seems to be a stagnant period,
of either looking back and waiting for the end of life here below,
or waiting for a future which is a fruit of our imagination.
So much of today's "teaching" is only a defence of what needs no defending.
So much of today's prophetic message excuses the reality that God is not in the midst right now.
In our childish reasoning, and ramblings, we lose out on Infinite Life;
on infinite promises of infinite possibility.
But the weight of spiritual things in our time is more real than all our deliriums.
Can we awake, and cry for a Light that will illuminate all our existence?
Can we cry until the darkness surrenders,
and God shows us that kingdom which is BEYOND it all?
There is all to gain - and there is all to lose.
The Author of our faith will be the Finisher of our faith, if we cease to depend on any other thing and trust the One Who will guide into All Truth. (Jn. 16.13)
This is God's promise - this is our Certainty.