Being a classic auto enthusiast, I love the challenge of restoring an old car. I am always looking in pastures, ditches, behind barns, and old wrecking yards for a project.
I have found many diamonds in the rough, but inevitably the owner pops out the words that make me cringe. "I'm going to fix it up someday." he says. I believe him at first, but after years of driving by the same car in the same spot I realize this car is destined to rust beyond repair. It really doesn't matter in the long run, because it is after all just a car. It is piece of metal that will not last forever. People were created to live forever.
Every person has a project or task that God wants to see accomplished right now. He has entrusted the work to us. It may be accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, telling a neighbor the good news, starting a family devotion time, or becoming active in church.
Matthew 25:14 begins the story of the talents. Three servants were entrusted with talents to serve their master. Two servants used them well and were commended, but one servant buried his talent. He was called a worthless servant and was thrown outside. The words I'll get to it later or maybe tomorrow do not accomplish God's work. 1 Corinthians 15:58 "Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain." Doing God's work is the greatest reward.
- Ryon Sander is minister of youth at Tonganoxie Christian Church