Noblesse Oblige ReVisited

“Who then is the faithful and wise servant, whom his master has set over his household, to give them their food at the proper time? Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes.” (Matthew 24:45-46 ESV)

In our second time with Noblesse Oblige, let’s begin with the end in sight. There are two possible scenarios: first, our flesh dies then our spirit flies to Y’shuaJesus; second, we greet our Lord when He returns to Earth. In either case, our lifetime is summed up in what we are doing when we meet Y’shuaJesus. We can see this in light of the parable of the talents, too: Y’shuaJesus will settle accounts with us when we see Him. (Matthew 25:19 HCSB)

Point One: Yesterday I walked into the room where my kids sat, idle, and reminded them that they had a couple chapters to read for today. I said, “Your mom will be home soon, it’s worth some points if she catches you reading.” It occurred to me at that moment, that’s how it is when we see Y’shua; we’re rewarded for our continued service to Him.

Point Two: We’re not talking about service that earns salvation. We are, however, talking about continued service that does earn rewards. When I was young I was a Boy Scout. I was a Boy Scout with out having to earn any awards. But I did earn some rewards. The rewards are called merit badges. During meetings we proudly wore our merit badges on a bandolier, or sash, across our chests. Perhaps at the Feast, the Wedding Supper, we will take our assigned seats wearing crowns with badges affixed showing the services we’ve performed.

Point Three: I said we’re rewarded for our continued service to Him. This is our noble obligation. Paul wrote, “Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we do not give up.” (2 Corinthians 4:1 HCSB) We must not become discouraged. I love Habakkuk’s third pray in which he expresses his confidence in our Lord. He says “Though the fig tree does not bud and there is not fruit on the vines. . . yet I will triumph in the LORD. . . .” (Habakkuk 3:17,18) We don’t see the fruit of our service. We look around at the world and see horrid conditions, evil seeming to abound. Are we tempted to give up? Let us remember Habakkuk’s prayer. Let us remember that the Lord is faithful to gather us to Himself.

Point Four: Our noble obligation might well be summed up as seeking righteousness and seeking humility that we might be “concealed on the day of the LORD’s anger.” (Zephaniah 2:3) Hard times are ahead for us all in these days of woe. We must continue on in our work. Peter wrote, “Based on the gift they have received, everyone should use it to serve others, as good managers of the varied grace of God.” (1 Peter 4:10 HCSB) Do we always know what our service is to be? No. We have doubts at our effectiveness. We stress that we aren’t doing enough. We turn to the Word, the lamp and the light, and we hear what Zephaniah cried out. We take it as a Word to us.

Point Five: Our salvation is assured. Our noble obligation is our service to the King. So what else is left. We rest in the Spirit of G-d, raise hands high in praise to G-d, to His Son, our Lord Y’shuaJesus. We take joy in being available for Kingdom’s sake. And in all we do, we do as to Y’shuaJesus. And today we may be joyful in our spirit, because His Spirit is within us. And G-d takes pleasure in His people.

Lord Bless, Keep, Shine upon us today. Amen.

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