In Luke 12 we find Jesus teaching on “reasonable expectations.” Using parables, his favorite teaching tool, Jesus described a master who entrusted a servant with resources and responsibility. The parable concludes with Jesus describing future punishment for “the servant who knows the master’s will and does not get ready or does not do what the master wants (Luke 12:47).”
We are counted among those who Jesus has entrusted with resources and responsibility. We know what Jesus wants. A simple web search reveals the efforts of hundreds of Christian churches to express their understanding of what Jesus expects.
- Know Jesus and make Jesus known
- Fulfill the Great Commission by fulfilling the Great Commandment
- Love God; Love People; Make Disciples
- Help people find their way back to God
- Make the name of Jesus famous in our generation
- Love God, love the church, love the city, love the nations
The difference between crafting a pithy mission statement and actually fulfilling Jesus’ will is significant. Creating clever catchphrases does not fulfill the Master’s will.
“From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.(Luke 12:48)
It is safe to say, the Church in America has unlimited resources, wealth, and privilege. We are counted among those “who have been given much” and we must realize that “much will be demanded” of us.
What Is Your Cost?
It is both prudent and wise to wrestle over just how determined we are to fulfill Jesus’ will. What are we doing to share the gospel with our neighbors across the street and around the world? How personally engaged are we in the assignment we’ve been given?
Discipleship is about obedience rather than knowledge. Jesus’ call upon our lives is not to listen to countless sermons and participate in seemingly endless Bible studies. We are called to obey his directives and fulfill his expectations.
- Participate in one or more of the regularly scheduled prayer emphasis during the month. (Fast + Pray, G300, Pray24, 4th Thursday Prayer Gathering, etc.)
- Begin prayer walking in your neighborhood. (What is prayer-walking?)
- As a family, decide how to tangibly engage your neighbors with the gospel and compassion ministry.
- Tell someone about what God is revealing to you through your prayer time, Bible readings, and meditation.
- Mobilize your LifeGroup to serve together. (Kidz-N-Play, Collaboration, Monthly Alsbury Food Pantry, Homeless Ministry…the opportunities are limitless)