“A man of noble birth went to a distant country to have himself appointed king and then to return. So he called ten of his servants and gave them ten minas. ‘Put this money to work,’ he said, ‘until I come back.’ [When he returned] he sent for the servants to whom he had given the money, in order to find out what they had gained with it. [One] servant came and said, ‘Sir, here is your mina; I have kept it laid away in a piece of cloth. I was afraid of you, because you are a hard man. You [give us too much homework].’ Then [his master] said to those standing by, ‘Take his mina away from him and give it to the one who has ten minas. I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has [done] nothing, even what he has will be taken away.” (Luke 19:12-13, 15, 20–21, 24 and 26, NIV 1984).
My Musings – Far too many want convenient Christianity. Forgiveness of sins, eternal life, and an all powerful God to be there when we “need” Him. Maybe throw in a thank-you now and again and few bucks in the offering plate and we’re good. But don’t ask (or even expect) us to serve (that’s legalism, plain and simple), give sacrificially (much is only required of those who have much), study the word (I know what I needed to know), or share the Gospel (isn’t that what we pay the preacher for?). Christianity “was just fine until they started given us homework assignments.”
My Advice – Take a look around your place of employment. You probably know some co-workers with a similar attitude about their job. Who is the boss likely to count on when He needs to? What kind of raise do you think they get compared to others? What kind of an opinion do you have about them? Perhaps I need to say no more.