Reckless Indifference – Luke 19:11-27

whateverI tell you that to everyone who has, more shall be given, but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away (Luke 19:26, NASB).

Jesus told a parable about a prince who went to a far country to receive a kingdom. Before the prince departed he gave a significant sum of money to several servants and ordered them to engage in business with the money until he returns.

Upon his return he ordered each servant to give an accounting of his business activities. One servant profited ten times more with the money and he was given authority over ten cities in the prince’s new kingdom; another profited five times more with the money and was given authority over five cities. The third said he held the money without investing it because he was afraid of the prince’s fury if he did not make a profit.

So, the prince condemned the complacent servant and took the money he had given him and gave it to the one who had earned ten times more.

Then, Jesus declared that everyone who has will be given more and those who don’t have will lose what they’ve got! In other words, everyone who has received God’s blessings (grace, giftings, talents, abilities) and used it to help grow His Kingdom will be given more (grace, giftings, talents, abilities). But those who have received God’s blessing (grace, giftings, talents) and have grown apathetic about it–it will be taken away and given to those who are productive in God’s Kingdom.

In the parable, the lack of productivity by the servant revealed his unbelief, which led to his indifference. So, indifference or complacency is the result of unbelief, a lack of faith in the truth and reality of God’s Kingdom. Moreover, indifference to God’s Kingdom is an ominous proposition. In fact, it’s reckless indifference because the consequences are of eternal proportions!

So, the lack of productivity–or indifference–for God’s Kingdom is the result of a lack of belief in the reality of His Kingdom! Or at least that reality having any impact on your life!

When you let the truth of the reality of God’s Kingdom rule over every aspect of your life, then you will be a productive worker for His Kingdom.

Take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God. (Hebrews 3:12, NASB)

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