Twenty Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
Don’t hesitate. Let the Light in today.
Deborah is one of only a very few women in the Bible described as being in a position of importance. She was a prophet and one of the judges of Israel raised up by God in a time where Israel was falling into sin. But in Deborah’s time, Israel enjoyed peace for forty years.
In this passage, Deborah calls on Barak and tells him the Lord was calling him to go into battle. Barak hesitated. ‘If you go with me, I will go; but if you don’t go with me, I won’t go.’
Because he hesitated, he missed out on experiencing the victory first hand. Indeed, as if to rub salt in the wound, the victory would be in the hands of a woman instead of him.
The proverb goes, he who hesitates is lost. The Oxford dictionary defines this as meaning, “Delay or vacillation may have unfortunate or disastrous consequences”.
Jesus tells a parable where each servant is given a talent. The master in the parable expects the talents to be invested and to see a return on the investment. Hesitation is going to be an enemy to investment in his kingdom. Fear is perhaps the biggest enemy and is perhaps the reason why people hesitate. Fear cripples the courage to invest.
The connect of Matthew 25 is end times. There will ultimately be some sort of reckoning. We’ve not to approach that prospect with fear and, as a result, bury what we have or who we are. We’re called to be faithful with even the most tiniest gift we’ve been given.
Think about the gift of love. Every single person has been given this gift as a result of what God in Christ has done. His love has been poured out and his forgiveness freely flows from the cross. People’s hearts have been filled with this transforming love. We simply need to open our hearts and let the Light in, like opening the curtains to let the morning sun’s rays fill the darkened room. When we open up to this Light, love flows freely through us and, before we know it, we’re investing it in the work of the kingdom of heaven.
And, at the end of the day, God will see that we have indeed been good and faithful with the ‘few things’ he gave us and we will share in our Master’s happiness.
Don’t hesitate. Let the light of Christ in. And let the love flow. In the name of God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.