“Redeeming the time, because the days are evil (Ephesians 5:16).”
It seems there’s never enough time to do everything we intend to do these days. Sometimes we set a goal to exercise each day after work. But early on we are late getting out of work and it’s just easier to skip that day and get on with dinner. And then the next night and then another… Or we determine to catch up with an old friend but find we only have a few minutes. We could just tell them hello and let them know we are thinking about them, but we don’t and soon the idea fades. Perhaps we determine to shut off the TV and read that book. Lacking the regular opportunities to devote more time we forego any chances to take it in with smaller bites of time and it just gathers dust. Instead of doing even just a little we often do nothing and pretty soon we have abandoned these pursuits entirely. What if, rather than doing it all, we simply just did something?
Jesus told the story we commonly refer to as the Parable of the Unjust Steward. In this story we learn of a steward whose improper dealings catch up with him and he is faced with a difficult decision realizing his judgment is pending (Luke 16:1-8). Knowing that he could not collect all of the outstanding debt owed to his master he determined to do something. In desperation, he only collected portions of the total debt. The unjust steward was commended, not for his dishonest dealings, but because he realized his plight and acted to prepare for his future. Rather than doing nothing he did something.
In another parable, Jesus told of three different servants who were entrusted with differing levels of responsibility (Matthew 25:14-30). One given only one talent buried it and returned it alone to his master. Jesus said that the master deemed this lazy servant as “wicked” and told him he should have at least put forth a minimum level of effort rather than none at all.
George W. DeHoff wrote, “The greatest hindrance to the cause of Christ is for people to do nothing.”1 He reminds us that in the parables of the Ten Virgins (Matthew 25:1-13), the True Vine (John 15:2), and in the example of the cursed fig tree (Matthew 21:19) God is displeased with those who do nothing.
Now we don’t have to evangelize on every continent or write half the New Testament as Paul did. We are not Paul. But we have all been entrusted with a stewardship and given talents and abilities. We were saved by God’s grace to work in His vineyard (Ephesians 2:8-10). God doesn’t expect us to behave as venture capitalists nor to double His investment (1 Corinthians 3:6-9). But He does expect us to do something with those things He has entrusted to us.
No matter how much we are doing for the Lord we can always do more. That’s ok. Do something for Him today. And tomorrow do something. God has not given us everything…yet (Revelation 21:7). Instead He has given us just something. And what we do with the something that God has given us is up to us. Assured of salvation and eternal life, every something we do in His name glorifies Him. Do something good today Christian.
“As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God (1 Peter 4:10).”
George W. DeHoff, DeHoff’s Commentary Vol.5 pp.109-110, Murfreesboro, TN, 1981