September 27th, 2017 — DEVOTE

Can you remember a time when you were given a responsibility to carry out a task at a given time, and you were told of its importance? I can think of numerous occasions when my bride put something in the oven and then for whatever reason entrusted me with the responsibility to take it out when it was done. And I can also remember times when I didn’t carry out those responsibilities like I had been asked and all that was found in the oven was a sacrifice, a burnt offering. If you know what I mean?

I mean, I didn’t do it on purpose. It wasn’t as if I just sit there and thought, I’m just going to forget about that cake in the oven because I really need to see what happens to those ingredients if they get too hot for too long. Nor was I trying to get back or get even with my wife, saying in my head, “Oh, this will show her. I’m just going to let that roast shrivel up into a little dried out, dust ball.”

No, I just forgot. It slipped my mind. I was busy with my own stuff and though I had good intentions, my stuff was more important than her stuff, even though she completely trusted me carry out the duties I said I would.

I share that little thought provoking scenario because of what I read in the Word today. Here it is…
“God was pleased to trust us with His message. We didn’t speak to please people, but to please God who knows our motives.” 1 Thessalonians 2:4 CEV

Paul told those Christians, and us today, God gave us a responsibility. He trusted us with His Good News. He wanted us to share it every opportunity we had. And though we all hear that and know that, many times we forget that. It’s kind of like that cake in the oven. Oh, I don’t intentionally forget it. I’m not trying to be mean or obnoxious. I’m not trying to get back at God for not answering my prayer the way I wanted Him too. I just forgot. It slipped my mind. I had so many things on my plate that I forgot about taking care of His business, what He asked me to do.

But the truth is: God trusted us with THE most important task at hand – share the Good News. That’s all. There’s no timer! There’s no alarm! It’s a lifestyle. Can He trust you?

Here’s my word of encouragement for you today: If you’re like me and you’ve forgotten to do what God has asked you to do, ask Him to forgive you. Then get on with it. He’s trusting you. He’s given you a responsibility. Paul Yongi Cho said,

“If not me, who? If not here, where? If not now, when?”

Thank You for trusting me with Your Good News. Forgive me for the times I’ve neglected my responsibilities. Holy Spirit, help  me be about my Father’s business, even before my own. In Jesus name I ask this, Amen.

Rev. Dr. MM Marxhausen