A little girl in kindergarten was asked to draw a picture of anything she wanted. The teacher came back a few minutes later and asked her “what are you drawing?” She replied, “ a picture of God.” “Well no one knows what God looks like,” proclaimed the teacher. The little girl looks up, smiles and says, “ they will after I am done.”
Jesus tells a story about three people receiving something valuable to invest for their master while he was gone. Two of them invested well and were rewarded and praised when the master returned. For the third person, it did not go well for him.
“Then the servant with the one bag of silver came and said, ‘Master, I knew you were a harsh man, harvesting crops you didn’t plant and gathering crops you didn’t cultivate. I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth. Look, here is your money back.’”
(Matthew 25:24-25 NLT)
So what affected all three of their motivations and performance? I think, their internal view of the Master. It’s the same for us. We often respond to others and to God with internal lenses that affect our relationship with both. The third servant viewed the Master as harsh and demanding. The enemy of our souls would love for us to view our Master, Lord, God, Savior as harsh, demanding, angry, powerless, and unloving. Don’t believe it for even a second. Our Father is good, loving, kind, generous, merciful, creative, close, and fun. Yes, I said fun! Jesus called Satan the father of lies.
If you see God as harsh or angry begin to ask him through the power of the Holy Spirit to heal and change your heart. Ask God to reveal to you His loving compassion.
There is a reward waiting for each of us as we hear him say well done.