This generation – the generation of professed followers of Jesus – is the most blessed of all generations. On us He has bestowed abundance of gifts and advantages, both natural and spiritual – all things richly to enjoy – to either consume upon our lusts, or to enjoy in fulfilling God’s purposes.
The spiritual blessings are the true riches, those from which God our Father expects increase, a harvest producing plenty. No other generation or people group has benefited as much from the grace and mercy of God as we have, from our very salvation and the fruit of the Spirit, the gifts of the Spirit, and the indwelling presence of the Spirit of God Himself, which is an open door to God’s throne!
The light of truth has never shone on so many. The availability of the word of God in so many languages, in such readily accessible forms, at such little cost, with so many avenues of illumination and explanation, puts an unspeakably huge arsenal of spiritual weaponry at our fingertips. Yet, are we focused on God’s purpose – the harvest – or on our leisure and comfort?
Do we genuinely recognize that “unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required”? If it is true that “to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more,” how much more so is it true that God will require more of this most blessed generation than of others?
Re-read the parable of the talents, and instead of assuming the talents refer to gold or silver, or even to your natural gifts and abilities, see if God’s richest treasures might fit into the meaning. Read it with “measures of faith” inserted in place of “talents,” or with “love,” or with “grace,” or “understanding,” “wisdom,” or any number of His spiritual blessings. Do that and I think you will understand the urgency with which we ought to pursue God’s purposes in our lives rather than our own.
The night is far spent, and the day is at hand. Time is short, friends, too short for us to sleep in the light of day.