Keep it moving!

Luke 19--13Recently a great word of exhortation was shared with the congregation of Christian Provision Ministries in Sanford, NC during its weekly “Hour of Power” teaching series. Here are highlights from the teaching by Bishop Charles Mellette entitled “Keep it Moving.” This stirring message centered on the “Parable of the Pounds” found in Luke 19:11-27 with emphasis on Luke 19:13 (NLT):

13 Before he left, he called together ten of his servants and divided among them ten pounds of silver, saying, ‘Invest this for me while I am gone.’

Notes in the New Living Translation indicate that the amount each servant (doulos—bondslave) received was considerable: the total amount of 10 minas, the equivalent of 100 days’ wages. Each recipient received the money with a command to “occupy” or “invest this for me” or “buy and sell” or “do business” while the Lord went away and returned later.Those who made wise investments were commended and promoted; whereas, those who chose to hoard their resources did not show any profit, but they lost what they had been given and were demoted.

The objective of the teaching was to encourage listeners to be “exceptional”: those who are surpassing what is common or expected; not ordinary but uncommon, rare, better than average, superior.

Following the example of the wise servants who invested wisely and received a notable return on their investments, for which they were commended, as believers we are to see ourselves as “bold, daring, brave, and courageous.” We are to invest our time, our talent, and our treasure in advancing the Kingdom of God, as we strive to be exceptional individuals who “Keep it moving!”

The designation to be ““bold, daring, brave, and courageous” brought to mind the exhortation given to Joshua as he leads the Children of Israel into the Promised Land following the death of Moses:

Joshua 1:6-9

“Be strong and courageous, for you are the one who will lead these people to possess all the land I swore to their ancestors I would give them. Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do. Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”

A most fitting close to this blog entry is Don Moen’s classic song: “Be Strong and Take Courage.”

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