"Out of your own mouth I will judge you, you wicked servant." (Luke 19:22).
There is a story Jesus told about a man who was given a gift, and told to use it in a good way that would bring honor to the one who gave him the gift. But the man failed miserably. When the Gift-giver returned to see how things had worked out, he found that the man had done nothing with the gift. To make matters worse, the man then blamed the Gift-giver; trying to excuse himself by accusing the Gift-giver of being a harsh and unfair man.
You can read the entire story for yourself in Luke 19:11-26.
Beginning today, and continuing for the next few days, I want to point out the five colossal mistakes this man made. My purpose is to help insure that you and I do not follow his example and squander the gifts and the great opportunities the which the Lord has given us.
Colossal Mistake No.1 -- The Man Believed a Lie
He offers his fear of the Lord as an excuse for his unfaithfulness. “I was afraid of you,” he said, “because you are a hard man. You take out what you did not put in and reap what you did not sow.” It is clear that this man did not know his Master, for his description could not be further from the truth.
How did he come to think such things? Quite obviously he listened to the lies that were being spread about the Lord. There is a enemy of Truth who goes about continually slandering Christ. He is antichrist in every sense of the word. His name is Satan. The devil loves nothing more than to wreck havoc in our world and then get us to blame God for it.
This man believed those lies, and in so doing sided with the devil and greatly dishonored his Lord. This pitiful man believed a lie, and thereby he became a liar!
Are you believing any lies about Jesus?