Wicked servants—a lack of gratitude!
I made a really bad choice a few years back—a choice to divorce my wife. I didn’t have a biblical leg to stand on but, I had made up my mind and that was that.
The question you should be asking, especially if you know my wife is “how in the world did that happen?”
The answer is very simple, I had completely lost all gratitude for what Jesus and many others in my life had done for me.
First, Jesus had led me to Keswick where He saved me spiritually and physically.
Second, after I graduated and had left the Colony, I was invited back to serve in the maintenance dept.
Third, God gave me a wonderful Godly woman as my wife.
The list goes on and on and on which is all the more to my shame because after several years, I stopped being grateful and could only see what I didn’t have but wanted. Envy, lust, greed—its an ugly list. But it still begs the question, how?
I had been a loner most of my life and never really knew it. I had always been around family, friends and “people”, but I never revealed what I was really thinking or feeling, not at a heart level. Even at Keswick in the midst of many Godly men, I was able to “isolate” by not being open.
Matthew 18:21-35 is the parable of the wicked servant. I know the focus of the lesson is on forgiveness, but I believe we can also learn a lot about gratitude from it as well. Think about the first servant who had been forgiven much (that would be me) If that servant had been grateful, he never would have gone out and put a strangle hold on a brother for such a small debt. In my case, I would not have held things in and become bitter over nothing. I would have remembered everything I was forgiven of AND the many blessings I received as well—none of which I ever deserved.
If we forget how much we’ve been forgiven, we WILL forget how much we have been blessed with. If we forget how much we’ve been blessed with, we will become arrogant and demanding.
So where is your heart and mind today? Do you remember where you came from and how much you have been blessed with or are you full of yourself and demanding more from everyone—from God—than we deserve?
Father, open the eyes of my heart before its too late and I make a terrible choice.
In Jesus name, amen. – Steve Schmidt is a regular Freedom Fighter blogger and a graduate of the Colony of Mercy. He serves on the full-time Keswick staff
Think About This: Jesus never forced anyone to follow him, and he doesn’t expect his followers to use high-pressure tactics to attract disciples. Gary R Collins
Verses to Memorize: But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”— these things God has revealed to us through the Spirit. For the Spirit searches everything, even the depths of God. 2 Corinthians 2:9-10