Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. This is why I speak to them in parables:
“Though seeing, they do not see;
though hearing, they do not hear or understand.
Matthew 13 : 12 – 13
This is a very hard bit of scripture that goes against our 21st century sense of fairness and justice. Surely everyone should be treated equally? Surely things should be shared out so everyone gets an equal portion? That is what we were taught is fair. Our mistake here is to think Jesus was talking about materials things. He wasn’t, this is about the spiritual realm. What does he mean then?
It all comes down to our relationship with Jesus in the end. You may have been born into a longstanding Jewish family but so what? Jesus is the way to salvation. You may have been a Pharisee in good standing but so what; Jesus is the Messiah. Unless people believed in him, even that which they had (such as their heritage) would not count.
Let’s put it another way. You may have been going to church for 40 years but so what? It’s faith in Jesus that matters. You may have done so many good things around the church, but so what? It’s faith in Jesus that matters.
In everything it comes back to faith in Jesus.
Prayer: Father by your grace help me to keep focused on Jesus as the source of my faith. Help me keep all the others things, like heritage and tradition as second to him.
Action: Think about where you place your trust. In Jesus or in some other part of church life?