The Master Will Come

The Master Will Come by Kirk Hunt

But if that servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming,’ and begins to beat the male and female servants, and to eat and drink and be drunk, the master of that servant will come on a day when he is not looking for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in two and appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.

Luke 12:45-46 NKJV
Please also read Luke 12:41-48

In this parable, Jesus is talking to leaders and others with authority. “The Master will come” is not just a warning to followers but especially to those who are supposed to know better. Verses 47-48 are clear that Judgment will fall on everyone, but leaders harder than followers.

Accountability comes for us all. Real justice is merciless and undiscriminating. True justice makes no exceptions and accepts no excuses. True and just servants know that.

Too often, leaders will make excuses: “You do not understand.” “The job is hard.” “I have to make sacrifices.”

No one wants to hear excuses: “Explain yourself clearly and completely.” “Find an easier job.” “Find a less demanding job.” Much of the time, excuses are an attempt to avoid accountability or responsibility.

Not everyone is capable of being a leader or having authority. And for that reason, accountability and responsibility are that much more important. The Master will come and judge us all, but the leaders first.

Think: Judgment will come. Are you ready?

Pray: “Lord, help me to be ready for Your judgment at all times.”

Copyright © June 2020, Kirk Hunt

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Freedom Of Speech

Freedom Of Speech By Kirk Hunt

And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power,  that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.

1 Corinthians 2:4–5 NKJV

 

It is my prayer that the speech of every son and daughter of God is full of quality, eloquence and diction.  Still, more than mere excellence, I pray that what you say comes directly from the Holy Spirit.  I pray that your every word drips with God’s wisdom, shines with God’s grace and throbs with God’s power.

 

Americans are used to freedom of speech.  I suspect that too often we make use of the privilege without taking full responsibility for what is said.  Just because you can say something, does not mean you should say anything (1 Corinthians 8:9).

 

All freedoms consist of two parts, the privilege and the responsibility.  I have the privilege of driving an automobile and the responsibility to do so safely and courteously.  A car can be a weapon like any other, in the hands of the irresponsible.

 

The tongue, our speech, can bind wounds or start wars.  What you say can bless hearts or blast souls.  Your words are a destructive weapon or beneficial tool, depending on how skillfully and responsibly you use your privilege. 

 

You have the freedom to speak in your circles and spheres of influence.  I pray that you consider carefully what you say and why.  You are an authorized representative of Jesus Christ.  Consider your responsibilities as you exercise your privileges.

 

Think:        Do I use the privilege of speech responsibly?

 

Pray:           “Lord, help me to take responsibility for my free speech.”

 

Copyright © November 2016, Kirk Hunt

 

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