Half-Way

God hates “half-way.” He condemned Laodicia: “So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth” (Revelation 3:16). Conversely, He encouraged the Colossians: “And whaever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men” (Colossians 3:23). God is serious about service.

Jesus reinforced His Divine disposition in Matthew 25:14ff. In the Parable of the Talents, Christ taught the following lessons:

[1] We all have talents. There are no “no-talent” people. Your place in the Kingdom is not merely a matter of presence. One must discover, develop and deploy one’s talent.

[2] Our talents differ. It takes a mix of different abilities to make the body whole (1 Corinthians 12:17). We each can contribute to the healthy, normal function of the body of Christ by utilizing our talent effectively.

[3] Differing degrees is not an excuse. It is a fact that, no matter what you can do, there is someone who can do it better and someone who cannot do it as well. The one talent man was not condemned for having only one talent but for not using what he had.

[4] God does not ask too much. He praised the two-talent man in the exact same fashion as the five-talent man for his faithfulness; it was based upon his fulfilled potential, not their quantity of production. God doesn’t use “comparative theology.”

And [5], failure to produce has eternal consequences. If we bury our talent, we will give an account. And, all the rationalizations and excuses that don’t really hold water today will evaporate at the Great, White Throne.

God hates “half-way.” So, how active are you in the Kingdom of God?

JDS