“But the master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy servant!’” Matthew 25:26 (NLT)

The enemy always comes into the vacuum where Christ followers aren’t being who they’re created to be. The devil needs a context to kill, steal and destroy. So when we are not filling the void with the kingdom of God, he comes to work his nefarious plans.

Jesus declared that there are such things as “worthless servants” (Matthew 25:14-30). They were the ones who refused to use what had been entrusted to them. In today’s terms, worthless servants simply wait for Christ to come and rescue them from the dark world. They have been deceived to believe the enemy won, the church has lost and needs to be rescued from the deep darkness that is suffocating the world today.

Nevertheless, we are called to be kings AND priests that shall reign on earth (Revelation 5:10)! On earth means here and now, not in eternity. Jesus told us that the meek will inherit the earth (Matthew 5:5). Again, this is not something out there I the distant future. This is not referring to the “new earth” (Revelation 21).

Soldiers who desert are considered traitors. They have deserted their post, and are held accountable to it, and quite severely. But even worse, believers have deserted their post, they have buried their talents (Matthew 25). Jesus may not call them traitors, but they are called lazy (v26) and they suffer badly because of it (v30)!

Though the battle belongs to the Lord, we still have to show up. We are to pray, decree, declare and then show up! Don’t bury your talent, and be sure you don’t bury your head in this hour. The wickedness going on in the world is gross, twisted and unthinkable, but we must be willing to see it. To stand and show up, so that the Lord can fight the battle.

Christ finished His work, now we are called to enforce the finished work of the cross. We’ve been given authority under Christ who has “all authority!” But our authority does no good if we don’t apply it. Yes, Jesus did the heavy lifting, yet if we do nothing in this hour but wait for Him to return, we create a vacuum for the enemy to operate freely! Btw, that is what he has been doing!

Cry out for God for the Church to wake up, to invest what we have been given, to steward that which we have been entrusted with. Ask the Lord to show you any place where you have grown lazy, where you are looking for the rescue rapture instead of showing up to the battle. Repent for every place that you have not operated as a priest and/or a king. You have a holy calling, ask Him to restore it and grant you the grace to fulfill your purpose in this world. Pray for others around you to wake up to their calling and purpose as well. Pray that the Church in Athens would rise up and steward the move of God that is beginning to flow through our city. Thank Him that you get to be a part of what He is doing in this hour of history!