Thursday, December 18, 2008

Householders of Treasures

How does it feel to know you have great responsibility of something or even someone? Often we may have a big responsibility, like being in charge of a committee or a team or even an event or large project, and it heaps great mounds of stress on us!

Perhaps we are entrusted with a valuable object, and we know we must take very good care of it (which sometimes adds stress, too!).

Often we are given the responsibility of people, like our own children and family or even someone else's children, even if only for a short time.

Usually with all these scenerios, which we have probably all experienced in some way or another, we feel the weight of the responsibility.

As Believers, we have a great responsibility. Jesus shared a glimpse of this assignment with His 12 disciples:

"Then He said to them, 'Therefore every scribe instructed concerning the kingdom of heaven is like a householder who brings out of his treasure things new and old'" (Matthew 13:52).

These disciples already knew many "old" truths about the kingdom from their knowledge of the Old Testament. Christ had just been sharing many "new" truths with them through parables: Parable of the Sower, Parable of the Wheat and Tares, Parable of the Mustard Seed, Parable of the Leaven, Parable of the Hidden Treasure, Parable of the Pearl of Great Price, and Parable of the Dragnet (Matthew 13).

After asking them if they understood, they answered affirmatively (Matthew 13:51). It is then that He emphasizes their great responsibility.

The Lord points out what they already knew and what they have just learned and then gives them a call to action. They were to be responsible for this understanding and teach it to others "like a householder who brings out of his treasure things new and old."

Have you considered that we too are such stewards? We have the same valuable treasure with the added benefit of the entirity of the Scriptures! We have the great responsibility of knowing the Good News of Christ and His amazing grace, and we should not hoard it in the treasure house but bring it out to share it!

We have a great weight of responsiblity as a steward of such a treasure, but it is not a treasure to be hidden and saved.

I can't help but notice that the comparison does not say the householder should bring it out or might bring it out. Jesus says he does bring it out. (Reminds me of the use of "shall" in Acts 1:8.) Does this describe you?

In the Heart of our Home,

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