Say your boss gave you a large amount of money, and went on an extended vacation of an indefinite time. He asked you to keep it safe for him. Other than questioning his respectability, what would you do? Keep it safe right? Imagine that at the end of his time away, he asked what you did with the money. You pull it out from your mattress and give it to him, and he responds angrily. “What! You irresponsible employee! Why didn’t you at least put it in the bank so I could get some interest?”
This is, I confess, and extraordinary example, but it is almost exactly like the one found in Matthew 25 and in Luke 19. In those accounts, Jesus was describing the kingdom of heaven. He was, in essence, describing the Christian life and what God expects of us. In the parable, two servants doubled their money and were rewarded, but one servant simply kept it and was judged.
So I pose the above question to you again, “When was the last time you doubled your money?”
The servant in the parable was not expected to simply keep the Lord’s property safe. He was intended to increase it. He was to invest and get gain. This is a parable, and the focus is largely on spiritual things, but I believe it applies to all that God has given to us.
What has God given you?
A good education, a good job, a healthy body. Perhaps he gave you none of those things. Maybe you are uneducated, unemployed, and sick.
What has God given you?
Wherever you are, and whatever your state, God has given you something. You have abilities. You have talents. You can use what you have to glorify Him. Or you can simply hold on to His property and do nothing.
Someday, God will return. He will expect to see that you used His gifts for His gain. What will He find?
In Luke 19:26, Jesus says, “unto every one which hath shall be given; and from him that hath not, even that he hath shall be taken away from him.” This verse declares that God will give to those who have produced something with their resources, and God will take from those who do nothing.
I challenge you, don’t use God’s gifts for their minimum value. Invest them. Invest them in His kingdom. Invest them in people. Use your talents for His glory. Take every opportunity. Invest your money wisely for His gain. If we neglect what He has given, we will be guilty, but if we work for God, He will reward us for it.
Let’s prosper for His glory. Let us be as the servants that gained from what they had been given. Then we can hear, as they did,
“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