There is an old tendency in human beings to think we can worm our way out of the consequences of our actions. If you’ve ever tried to finesse a police officer out of a traffic ticket, you know. This tendency starts very early in life.
At dinner one night one of our children was being very squirrelly—clearly headed for trouble. We issued a warning: “Settle down or there will be serious consequences.” Then there was a spill—of Exxon Valdez proportions. Just as we were about to administer the consequences, the child, with a gleam in the eyes, pulled a dollar out of a pocket and said, “Maybe Mr. Washington can change your mind!”
There is One before whom we will all stand, every one of us. This One is loving and holy and gracious and just, and he intends for us to understand that we really will give an account of our lives. We will not be able to finesse our way around his throne. Mr. Washington will not change his mind.
To reinforce this truth, Jesus tells a story of Three servants in Matt. 25:14-30. And I find 3 things that run through this story that teach us important truths about our Father. Read More