We can be foolish with what God entrusts to us, or we can trust him, do our best, and anticipate that day when he will commend us for being wise and faithful.
What is successful, wise life management? It is the faithfulness that comes from humbly living in unity with others who want to live like Jesus and seek his ultimate approval.
We’ve all experienced the destructive consequences of bad decisions, both our own and those of others because our actions affect one another. But the gospel and a return to healthy life stewardship can redeem us in the destruction and bring hope for the future.
God has entrusted us with much, and we will have to account for it. Yet even knowing what we should do, we don’t always act like it. But an honest examination of ourselves and a decision to act wisely will prepare us for the examination to come.
Thriving requires keeping the end goal, approval from Jesus, in sight. But thriving in a tumultuous world also needs a generous amount of grace, forgiveness, and awareness. And we must guard against the common temptation to be distracted from following Jesus by the good things he gives us.
God judges his people, but his judgment comes to removes dead faith, extend mercy to his people, and bring life.
Jesus’ words to religious people suggest that misplaced values implicate most churches in today’s materialistic society. But in contrast to our society’s view, the real significance of Christmas is about Jesus rescuing us, even moral and religious people, from ourselves and ultimately hell.
We don’t know when, but the Day of Judgment will come. It will be inescapable and permanent, but for a time the message of Christmas can drive out fear of that day.