For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.
Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.
After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. 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.
He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. His lord said unto him, Well done, 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.
Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.
His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
– Matthew 25:14-30
This morning my attention was brought to this line that Jesus mentioned: “You have been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things.” I believe this implies that before we ask for more we need to take a good look at how we are using what we have now. What we do with what we have now reflects how faithful we are to the One who gave it all to us.
We can learn so much from the mistake of the third servant. Not only did he show how he did not do anything with what he was given, he gave it back to his master, saying “Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.” He rejected what was given to him, and he gave it back with some fine words to say. It was like him saying, ‘Hey, why should I do anything further with what you gave me? You’re just going to get any profit from me anyway. So I just held on to it ’till you came back.’
You can see how his attitude towards the source affected how he used what was given to him. If he didn’t have a good relationship with his master, how could he do anything good with what was given to him?
And so it is with us as well… We like to quote Psalm 37:4 – “Delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Too often have we given precedence to ‘He will give you the desires of your heart’, keeping what’s most important in the dark. My friends, all that we have that is good comes from God (1 Timothy 4:4), and if we want more from Him, we need to value our relationship with Him above everything else. If we are faithful to Him, He will be faithful to us, providing what is best for us, in His perfect timing. We need to be thankful for what we have, knowing at any time He could take it away. When we wake up in the morning to see that our house is still standing, give thanks to the Lord, who by His grace kept it that way! When we gain anything, give thanks to the Lord, for we have been entrusted with more! When we lose anything, give thanks to the Lord for what we still have, and for what is to come!
Let’s stop looking at ourselves and what we have… Our relationship with Jesus Christ is the only thing that will matter in the end.
God bless you today.
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