November 13, 2016 Sermon
Scripture Reading: Psalm 37:1-24
One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever.5 The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he arose.6 The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it whirleth about continually, and the wind returneth again according to his circuits.7 All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again.
Nature is unceasing activity with no real progress, it goes in circles: Planets, sun, rotation of the earth, water, generations, circle of fifths, electrons around the nucleus of the atom.
-- Kids like to have things go again and again and again. Adults get bored.
--Christianity is not about one time, massively life-altering changes. In reality, it’s about faithfully, day in and day out, pursuing Christ.
Then said he to the multitude that came forth to be baptized of him, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?8 Bring forth therefore fruits worthy of repentance, and begin not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, That God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.9 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: every tree therefore which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.10 And the people asked him, saying, What shall we do then?11 He answereth and saith unto them, He that hath two coats, let him impart to him that hath none; and he that hath meat, let him do likewise.12 Then came also publicans to be baptized, and said unto him, Master, what shall we do?13 And he said unto them, Exact no more than that which is appointed you.14 And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages.
The radical response is: do your job, just do less sin and be more helpful. Violence—shake, intimidate to extort, Accuse—inform on people for profit.
Luke 12:35-40--Previous point in chapter is don’t worry, God takes care of His people, Seek the Kingdom. Treasure in heaven.
Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning;36 And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately.37 Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them.38 And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.39 And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through.40 Be ye therefore ready also for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.
Girded—prepared for action or travel. Find watching—not a rushed preparation but a prepared state for His coming.
Then Peter said unto him, Lord, speakest thou this parable unto us, or even to all?
42And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season?43Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he comes shall find so doing.44Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath.
45But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delays his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken 46The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looks not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.47And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.48But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.
Faithful—trusty, reliable, carries out duties. Unbelievers—unfaithful, unreliable.
--It’s a day in and day out faithfulness. Religious actions are supposed to be private anyway according to Sermon on the Mount. You don’t prove faith by huge, attention grabbing events. Faith is proved by patient continuance in well doing.
Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.9 And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.10 As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.
Not mocked—you can’t use empty words to make up for lack of action, you can deceive yourself, but not God.. Corruption—destruction and ruin. Faint not—do not relax the effort. Opportunity—in every time or place, be ready to sow! Do good—what is beneficial or kind.