Are you a person who carries out requirements? When given a task, can you be counted on to complete it according to directions? Do you faithfully adhere to the specifications you are given? Are you carrying out the task given to you by God?
We are tasked with completing a variety of tasks in our daily work. Depending on your specific job, you may be carrying out hundreds of tasks a day. Your tasks may be as varied as the rainbow. You may become very good at multitasking.
I know our jobs can be complex, require a variety of skills, and require diligence. As a pastor, I must read Scripture, commentaries, and other educational books. I must oversee the maintenance of a building, worship services, committee meetings, and other employees. I must ensure administrative tasks are completed, visit members in the hospital and nursing homes, and provide oversight of finances. When all of these are done, I am to provide a vision for outreach into our community and grow the church. I understand how complex a job can be.
We all have one job in common. We have all been given a trust—the gospel of Jesus Christ. What is a trust? Think of a trust fund left to an heir. It is invested to grow and provide an income to the recipient. The same is true of the gospel. It is to grow in each of us. We are to use the growth to plant the gospel in others.
The trust also provides an income. In the case of the gospel, the income in an abundant life. Our lives become better the more we know and the deeper we delve into the gospel. As we understand Jesus’ commands, His teachings, and His example, our lives improve. We gain in peace, love, and joy.
I pray we all care for the trust we have been given. I pray we invest it wherever and in whomever we can. I pray each one of us delves deeper into the gospel to see an improvement in our lives. Know that you have been given a trust. Grow in your understanding of the gospel. Plant seeds. Invest in the gospel. Improve your life. Live the abundant life.
1 Corinthians 4:2 Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.