9 Jesus responded, “Salvation has come to this home today, for this man has shown himself to be a true son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.” — Luke 19:9 NLT
Jesus temporarily gave up all of His glory in heaven for one reason. That reason was to come to earth, be born as a human, live a perfect, sinless life so that He would be sacrificed for our sins. Some of the people then, just as now, never understood that. They were always trying to find fault with the things He did. Jesus associated with and ate with sinners. We must follow that example if we are to bring others to Christ. Do we actively “seek” those who are lost or do we try to avoid situations where the Holy Spirit might nudge us to speak to sinners about Jesus and where they will spend eternity? Do we hide behind the claim that we have not been called to be preachers or missionaries? When we pray asking God to send workers into the fields of harvest, do we exclude ourselves as being one of those who are subject to the call? If we do, then are our prayers really sincere? Since Jesus gave up everything to redeem us, what are we willing to give up to follow in His footsteps? Is our attitude one of “save me and leave me alone” or “save me and use me to grow Your Kingdom here on earth and in eternity”? To those that use the talents they have to expand the Kingdom, more is given, to those that refuse to use their talents to expand the Kingdom, what they have is taken away.
The talents that God has given to each of us are our Spiritual muscles, we either use them or we lose them.
23 But David said, “No, my brothers! Don’t be selfish with what the Lord has given us. He has kept us safe and helped us defeat the band of raiders that attacked us. 24 Who will listen when you talk like this? We share and share alike—those who go to battle and those who guard the equipment.” — 1 Samuel 30:23, 24 NLT
All of us are spiritual warriors and we live in a spiritual warzone. Some of us go to other lands to carry on the battle and this is important. But just as important are those who stay behind and guard the “stuff”. In our case, the “stuff” is carrying on services in local churches, teaching Sunday School classes and witnessing to those around us. We are fighting the same enemy whether we go or stay. What sense would it make to go to battle for others and lose our own families and neighbors? One job is just as important as the other. How could we carry on any campaign against the enemy, if we didn’t have workers who supported the war with their tithes? God has given each of us talents and He has a plan and a purpose for each of us to use those talents in service to Him.
Our mission, Mr./Mrs/Miss Christian, should we decide to accept it, is to determine what those talents are and use them for Kingdom purposes. There are no spectators on the battlefield. Each of us has a job to do and God has blessed each of us with the talent to do it. The war has been won, we know the final outcome. Jesus wins! But there are battles to be fought and we need to strap on the full armor of God, step up and take our position in the fight. Just as God told Jehosphat, the battle is not yours, it is mine, but you and your people still have to take up your position on the battlefield. 2 Chronicles 20:15-17
So it is today, God will win the battle for us, but we still have a job to do. We must take up our position on the battlefield and stand while He fights the battle.