Friday, August 01, 2008

The Five Colossal Mistakes of a Wicked Man (#3)

"Out of your own mouth I will judge you, you wicked servant." (Luke 19:22).

We are looking into the story Jesus told about a man who was given a gift, and then expected to use it in a good way that would bring honor to the one who gave him the gift. But the man failed miserably.

He made five colossal mistakes. We have already considered the first two, now we'll look at the third one. 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.3 -- He Blamed the Lord

“I feared you," he said to the Lord, "because You are a hard man.” The man is justifying his lack of stewardship by calling the Master's character and conduct into question.

In other words, this guy was saying, “I could have done something meaningful with what you gave me, but you are so hard to deal with — so difficult to please, so demanding in your expectations, and so severe in how you handles things. I realized the best thing for me to do was to keep the talent you gave me safely hidden away so that you could have it back just like it was.”

This twisted thinking started all the way back in the Garden. Adam blamed God when he said, "The woman you gave me made me do it." In other words, if the Lord had not given the woman to Adam—none of this would have ever happened. So, it’s not Adam’s fault, and it’s not really even the woman’s fault—it’s God’s! Adam blamed GOd, and men have been following in his footstpes since that first day!

Are you blaming God for something in your life?

If so, you are making a colossal mistake!


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