February 21, 2017

When Time Runs Out

Luke 16:1-14

Give an account of your management, because you cannot be manager any longer.

—  Luke 16:2

Someday each of us will stand before the Lord to give an account of how we have lived. Whether this happens at our death or when Christ returns, he will call us to explain what we have done with the resources he has entrusted to us.

Every nation will be asked what it has done with the gifts it has received. Someday the United States and Canada, two prosperous countries, among many others, will be asked what they have done with their tremendous wealth. Have they shared their wealth with less privileged nations? Have they opened their borders to the millions of refugees fleeing for their lives? Have they been concerned about justice not only for their own citizens, but also for those living in nations where there is much injustice?

The church will someday be called to give an account of how it has used its resources. Have we understood that we are blessed to be a blessing? As we pour millions of dollars into deluxe buildings for our own use and comfort, do we ask ourselves what we should be doing for churches in under­developed countries?

Someday families and individuals will have to give an account as well. Have we taken the time to reach out to those who are less privileged?

Are you doing your part to build God’s kingdom here on earth, while there is still time?

Help us, O Lord, to take a good look at our lives, and show us how to arrange our priorities. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

About the author — Arthur J. Schoonveld

Rev. Art Schoonveld is a retired minister in the Christian Reformed Church. Before retiring in 2001, he served churches in California, Illinois, and Michigan. Since his retirement he has worked part-time for the denomination and has served as an interim pastor. Art and his wife, Anita, have four children and nine grandchildren.

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