His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.”
(Matthew 25:21)

Global News published an interesting article by Haley Lewis (March 9, 2023) entitled “What are ‘pretendians’ and how are they causing ‘severe harm to indigenous communities?” The article discussed the growing trend of people claiming to be of Indigenous descent but are not. Drew Hayden Taylor, a playwright from Curve Lake First Nation, has studied the problem in depth. He notes that one reason for the “pretendian” problem is that people of Indigenous descent are granted “certain financial benefits, from getting cheap gas or cheap cigarettes up to the higher levels of writing books, making films, getting important positions in academia, society, organizations, companies, etc.” This ought to factor into the discussion on whether certain segments of our society are “privileged” above others. While the western world bickers about who is privileged and who is not, the Christian would do well to remember that no matter his genetic ancestry, language, or skin color, he is part of a uniquely privileged group in the world. To begin with, Christians are privileged to be earthly dwelling places for God in the Spirit (John 14:17:23; Ephesians 2:22; Romans 8:9-11; 1 Corinthians 3:16; 6:19; 1 John 3:24; 4:13, 16). We sometimes take this for granted, forgetting what a remarkable blessing and privilege this is. In Old Testament times, believers could only approach God by first making blood sacrifices. This temporarily protected them from God’s immediate judgment of sin in their flesh (Hebrews 9:13-14). Christ has done for the church what He did not do for Israel in the past; despite the persistent presence of sin in our flesh (Romans 7:18), He has chosen to make our bodies His own special dwelling places. To that extent, each believer is like a little “heaven” on earth! Secondly, in all the world it is the Christians alone who are tasked with preaching the soul-saving Gospel to others (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15; Romans 10:13-15). Not even angels are permitted to share in this remarkable privilege (at least not in the present dispensation). God chooses whomever He wills to accomplish His tasks and it so happens He has chosen redeemed human beings to be His special representatives on the earth (2 Corinthians 5:20-21). As today’s verse passage reminds us, our faithfulness in discharging our duties under Christ in this life will determine what sorts of privileges we enjoy in the next. If we are faithful with what God has entrusted to us in this present, evil age (Galatians 1:4), He is sure to grant us much greater recognition, privileges, and responsibilities in the age to come (Matthew 10:29-30; Luke 18:29-30; 1 Corinthians 3:13-14; 6:2-3; Hebrews 2:5; Revelation 5:9-10). Praise the Lord and Maranatha!

God bless,

pastor john