It’s not what we have, it’s what we do with what we have

11 01 2011

“Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’ His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.” (Matthew 25: 14-21)

 

What are we doing with what we have been given? I love when I read something and I think to myself, “well duh, of course. That makes so much sense for him to do that.” And then about one minute later it hits me that I have the same opportunity and fell into the same traps. And I have to shake my head and wonder, why didn’t I see that before, how did I not have the sense to see what was going on. I love it when God speaks to me, even when the lessons are harsh.

In this parable, Jesus is explaining stewardship. When most of us think about stewardship, money comes to mind. We need to give back our money in accordance to what has been given to us. While this is very true, this parable, rightly called “The Parable of the Talents,” is about our responsiblity to give back to God in accordance with every good gift he has given us, including time, talents, relationships, money and basically everything. Nothing is our own, it is all His.

If God gives me any gift, I need to use to to the full potential and more. If he has given me the gift of invitation, yet I do not actively invite people to church or to gatherings or into a relationship with Him, then I am just like the man with 1 bag of gold, I have buried my treasure in the ground and no one will benefit.

Just like these people in the parable, we will all be held accountable for what we do with our talents, When we have to answer to God, what will we say? “Thanks for the stuff, I did nothing.” or even worse, “Thanks for the stuff, I used it to no benefit, actually I lost it.” Or will we be like the man with 5 bags, and be able to say “you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.”

I hope that is one day what I will hear. But it will take discipline and accountablity on my part as well. One day I want to hear “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.” I can’t ask more more with out first doing the right thing with a little.

 

In His love,

Stacey

 

 

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