In the Bible story known as "the Parable of the Minas," the worker who thought the boss was one who rewarded our efforts brought a great return on his investment with them. The worker who thought the boss was a harsh man was so afraid of his punishment, he did nothing with the investment given to him and eventually had it taken away. In this word shared on June 27, 2017 at The
River Church in Fresno, Paul Swearengin shares that our view of God as a harsh punisher restricts our ability to take his love and message to the world. But his followers who understand his Goodness can be powerful world changers!
God says “If you have, I’m going to give you more,” the opposite of the thought process of the "harsh God" worker. And his punishment wasn't for the workers at all, it was for those that didn't want his punishment to come. It was for the pharisees who didn't like that Jesus had been kind to Zaccheus, a tax collector. God's punishment is ultimately for those who want to withhold his Goodness from the world and force them to earn God's favor by imposing his rules.
Enjoy this message on the grace and goodness of God Our Father.