Stewards of Mercy

I was struggling for a little while.  Maybe I shouldn’t be publishing my thoughts as I am.  Maybe I am not ready to share my faith.  I probably do not know enough yet.  I was thinking about backing away from doing what I am now doing.  I thought maybe God doesn’t want me to share my faith now. However, when reading the parable of the talents, I came to a different conclusion.  Even if I am a 1 or 2 talent writer and encourager.  I want to use, invest, and make the most of the 1 or 2 talents given me.  Even if it is just encouraging 2 or 3 people in small ways to a deeper trust in Jesus.  I believe strongly that God has given me the gift of mercy, hence my concentration on mercy.  I want to use this gift the best I can, relying on God(Father, Son, Spirit) to do the effectual work through, in me and despite myself.

I am sharing my faith, my thoughts of God(Father, Son, Spirit) as I am coming to know God.  I am not claiming a perfect understanding of God, and theology.  Take what comes from me as from a brother, a friend, to be judged through God’s Spirit within you and His word.

Therefore exhort one another, and build each other up, even as you also do. (1st Thessalonians 5:11)

What struck me about this parable is the word immediately.    Immediately he who received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents.   In the same way, he also who got the two gained another two.  They immediately began investing what their lord had given them.  I believe this is a lesson to us whether we are given seemingly great or little gifts of mercy, faith, and grace from our God, may we begin to use these. 

I believe there are other examples in the gospels such as:  The Sumaritan woman, Jesus spoke with at the well.  She didn’t know Jesus as fully as she would later know Him.  She began immediately telling others, of what she did know of Jesus.  —The demoniac, after Jesus freed him from his demons desired to go with Jesus.  Though this was not the will of the Lord for this man, Jesus sent him to immediately share the good news with others.

I would encourage believers in the Lord Jesus, to share His mercy and love with others, immediately, as they can, trusting His working in them and with them.  Not to wait until they can do this perfectly, that day will never come.  I believe, if we look at God as a harsh judge, as the man in this parable did, we may do little, or our doing will have the wrong motivations. We are all not just a little flawed, but terribly so, as measured with our perfect standard.  Let us see Him as He speaks of Himself.  I believe if we came to see ourselves more as brothers and sisters trapped in bodies of sin, mercifully forgiven,  given hope, given faith, given His Spirit, growth will be seen. When we can share Jesus knowing the common human issues we all struggle with, and require mercy for, I believe others will begin see the reality of Jesus in us.  The reality of Jesus for them.

Paul M.