“‘I (the unloving follower) was afraid of you, because you (Jesus) are a hard man. You take out what you did not put in and reap what you did not sow.’ His master replied, ‘I will judge you by your own words, you wicked servant! You knew, did you, that I am a hard man, taking out what I did not put in, and reaping what I did not sow? Why then didn’t you put my money on deposit, so that when I came back, I could have collected it with interest?’” (Luke 19:21-23)
Clair McElfresh was the glee club director at Cleveland Heights High School. He expected and received perfection on stage, and his choir traveled the country receiving awards. I attended his sold-out concerts, and it was a huge disappointment when he quit my first year to start a music program at FIU in Miami. “Mac” was a great leader. As a director, he didn’t sing, he led. He was the essence of the choir.
Bosses don’t work in the field. Disgruntled employees, those who think they should be boss, accuse their manager of taking what they didn’t put in and reaping what they didn’t sow. They work hard, follow the rules, and accuse others. We know people who believe in Jesus but don’t spread God’s love. Jesus, in turn, is hard on them. He calls them wicked because their unloving personalities keep others from knowing Jesus. He’s the essence of Christianity, and we’ll reap rewards when we spread His love.
Christians encouraging other believers and shepherding non-believers is the interest God wants on his deposit of love. Relationships are everything to Him.
Father God, thank you for your love. Remind me to pass it on every time I encounter someone. I want to shepherd Your loved ones. Fill me with the Holy Spirit to help me change into the person You want me to be. In Christ’s name I pray. Amen.