Pragmatic Christianity

“Jesus said, ‘A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and to return. And he called his ten servants and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, “Occupy ‘till I come.”’” (Lk 19:12-13)

The word translated “occupy” in the text above is pragmateuomai, from which we get our word pragmatic. Pragmatic is to deal with things realistically, based on facts. Here then is the concept Jesus is declaring. “Disciples, I’m going to Heaven to receive the Kingdom. Until I return, be occupied with My business. And while you are, be sensible and realistic in how you approach it, so that I get a good return from your efforts.”

Any good businessman could quickly and clearly answer two questions, “What’s your business?” and “How’s business?” If he can’t, he won’t be in business too much longer.

Jesus call us to self-evaluation on the same two points here. First, what’s our business? What do I actually do with my hours and my days? Do I occupy myself with my Master’s business? Currently, His business is to prepare people for His future business – ushering in the Kingdom of Heaven. To be prepared for that, people must be born again, abiding in Him and His Word (see, John 3:3, 8:31).

So let’s evaluate ourselves on this. How much do I occupy myself with the great business of seeking and saving the lost (Lk 19:10)? Do I focus on being and staying prepared for that great work (I Pet. 3:15)?

Do I pray for the lost and for the revival of the church (Lk 10:2)? Do I get out among the lost with the truth in love to try and reach them for Christ (Mk 16:15)? Is any of that MY business?

The second issue I need to self- evaluate is, how’s business? If I am occupying my life for Christ’s sake and the gospel, is what I’m busy with making a difference? Can I see lives being prepared for the kingdom in it?

“He was made King and returned home. Then he sent for his servants to whom he had given the money, in order to find out what they had gained with it.” (Lk 19:15)

Oh Christian! The time left is short! Isn’t it high time to get busy with the Lord’s business? Shouldn’t we stop thinking reminiscently about our traditions, and start thinking pragmatically about our mission at a time like this (Lk 16:8)?

What are you doing for the lost? Is it working? Is the same ole’ same ole’ acceptable before God at such a time as this (Lk 21:28)? What do you think? Write me and let me know at mike@cctampa.org. I would love to hear from you.

‘til we finish the race,
Pastor Mike
Calvary Chapel Tampa
17538 Livingston Ave., Lutz
Sunday service 10:15

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