The Greek word translated “evil” or “bad” in the above Scriptures can also be translated “worthless”. Substituting “worthless” into the passages above gives them a whole new flavor.
When we stand before Christ, it shall not enough that we were “inoffensive”. It shall not be enough to say, “I didn’t hurt anybody.”
The man who hid his money in the ground and did not invest it was called a “wicked, lazy servant” (Matthew 25:26).
Let us continually ask ourselves: are our activities making a definite, positive impact on the Kingdom of God?
A friend of mine once told me, “It doesn’t matter where you live or what your job is. You can make a positive difference wherever you are, whatever your situation in life.” He is nominally correct. However, his statement fails to acknowledge that the size of the difference depends enormously on the location and situation you choose to place yourself in. You can climb hills in Florida – but the highest point is only 345 feet above sea level!
Move to the mountains! Relocate yourself (spiritually, mentally, financially, and if need be physically) to where you can make a difference. The flat lands offer comfort, safety, and pleasure – but also insignificance.
Of course, if you move to where you can make a great positive difference, the potential also exists for making a huge negative difference if you move in the wrong direction. So much more then must we incessantly seek His direction.
Who has sent out the wild ass free? Or who has loosed the bands of the
wild ass, to whom I have assigned the wilderness for its home, and the
salt land for its dwellings? He scorns the turmoil of the city; he does
not hear the driver's shouts. He seeks out mountains for his pasture,
and he searches after every green thing.
Psa 72:16 There shall be a fullness of grain in the earth on the top of the mountains; its fruit shall shake like Lebanon, and they of the city shall flourish like grass of the earth.
Psa 18:32-33 It is God who girds me with strength and makes my way perfect. He makes my feet like hinds' feet, and sets me on my high places.
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