I’ve been reading Luke 19:11-27 in preparation for a message I’ll be giving in a few weeks at church. And as I read this passage in II Peter, it caused me to reflect on that passage in Luke.
In Luke 19, Jesus tells the parable of the minas. And in it, Jesus talks about three servants who were given money by their master to invest. Two did, and were richly rewarded. The third merely hid the money. And in giving his excuse, he showed just how little he knew his master.
He portrayed his master as a hard man, a man who exacted much from his servants, and who profited off of others’ labors while doing nothing himself. And for these reasons, he refused to do anything with the money his master had entrusted him with.
Many people today are the same way. They may go to church and call themselves Christians, and yet they carry grave doubts about the very character of God. They think him harsh and unfair. And they find it hard to believe that God actually knows what is best and is looking out for their best.
In short, they doubt in their hearts that God is good. And because of that, they refuse to live for him and his purposes. Instead, they live only for themselves.
But for the person who truly knows and loves God, can they live that way?
Certainly, as a young believer, you don’t know God very well, and your love for him is far from developed. But as you grow in your faith, these things should change.
And as Peter says in this passage, as you come to know God more, grace and peace will be multiplied to you. Why? Because you will see that God is good. And you’ll see all the gifts that he has given you. The gift of forgiveness. The gift of eternal life. The gift of his Spirit. And as you see these things, you can’t help but to love him all the more and to long to be like him.
- You see the utter goodness of God and long for that goodness in your life.
- You see the wisdom of God and long to learn from him.
- You see the self-control that Jesus displayed when facing temptation, and long for that in your life.
- You see how he persevered even to the cross, encouraging you to persevere under trial too.
- You see how Jesus related to his Father, listening to and following his voice, and you long to do the same.
- You see the kindness of God, and his love for you, and it causes you to want that kindness and love to be reflected in your life as well.
And Peter says,
If you possess these these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of Jesus Christ. (8)
And like the faithful servants in Jesus’ parable, Peter says,
You will receive a rich welcome into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. (11)
But Peter also tells us,
If anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed of his past sins. (9)
That’s what the third servant was like. He had forgotten all about the goodness of his master. And because of that he was nearsighted and blind, totally oblivious to the cliff he was about to fall off of when his master returned.
How about you? How do you see God? Do you see him as he truly is? Or do you have a warped view of him?
How you see him will shape your life. And it will show in your attitude toward him on judgment day.
What will God see in you on that day?