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August 24: Who Is Trustworthy?

Luke 19:11–48

We might get sidetracked when reading the Parable of the Ten Minas. Businessmen aren’t sympathetic characters in our modern world. In movies and sometimes in life, they’re often flat, miserly characters who take advantage of naïve individuals and community values.
Although there is often an element of truth to some stereotypes, it can be too easy to take sides. And we’re forced to take sides in this parable. Whose view is correct—the people of the city who hate the nobleman, the fearful servant, or the nobleman and his faithful servants?
The response of the masses seems unjustified. The two servants entrusted with minas are faithful characters, but not the focus of the parable. When the final servant is summoned, we expect an interesting turn of events. Will we sympathize with him? We’ve already heard that the citizens hate the nobleman, and the final servant seems to confirm this: “For I was afraid of you, because you are a severe man—you w…


August 24

“Actions,” the saying goes, “speak louder than words.” Ungodly actions can muffle the sounds of righteous words. That’s what happened in Stephanie’s home.

Stephanie grew up in church and regularly heard the claims of the gospel, but never experienced a life transformation until she was eighteen. She didn’t just need to hear the gospel, she needed to see it. She couldn’t see it, at least not at home. During the week, her Mom went from one man’s bed to another, but on Sunday she would get dressed up and sit in church, pretending to be something she wasn’t.

Personally, I’m glad Stephanie’s Mom attended church-that’s where she needed to be. Sinners need to hear the gospel. But I don’t think that was Stephanie’s point of view.

Unfortunately, Stephanie made a choice to emulate the Mom she saw at home-the real Mom-not the Mom she saw at church. Stephanie’s promiscuity wasn’t her only problem, she became rebellious and starting running away from home and spent most of her t…


August 24

Thomas O. Chisholm, 1866–1960
  For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:10)

Great Master, teach us with Your skillful hand;
  Let not the music that is in us die!
Great Sculptor, hew and polish us; nor let
  Hidden and lost, Your form within us lie!
—Horatius Bonar

The Bible teaches that God’s goal for His peopleis that they “become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ” (Ephesians 4:13). We are to daily “put on Christ”—His love and character—even as we put on our garments (Romans 13:14). Christ-likeness is more than a religious profession or a weekly visit to church. It must become our total way of life. The Scriptures further teach that we are to carry the fragrance of Christ wherever we go—to unbelievers, the smell of death and to fellow believers, the fragrance of life (2 Corinthians 2:14–16).

Our society is in desperate need of more Christ-lik…