This is a day late, but I am back from Ireland! This month, we’re focusing on stewardship. For every blessing that God gives us, he expects us to use it for His kingdom. And make no mistake – God is an investor who expects a good return! Let’s turn to the Bible to see what wisdom it shares:
The Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30)
14 “For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. 15 To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16 He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. 17 So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. 18 But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. 19 Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I have made five talents more.’ 21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 22 And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here, I have made two talents more.’ 23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 24 He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours.’ 26 But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? 27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29 For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
So, just to recap, however many talents God has given you, He expects you to use them for His good and He will bless you in return. If you bury your talent, though, and refuse to use it, He will judge you. Everything that He has given you, He has given you for a reason.
Good stewardship is often discussed in terms of money, but God’s blessings are so much more than that. So as we look ahead to this month, let me ask you some challenging questions.
How are you being a good steward of
- your faith?
- your health?
- your time?
- your relationships?
- your finances?
I encourage you to read over those questions and really let them sink into your heart. I pray that God will reveal something to you – perhaps just a still small voice prompting you to further evaluate an aspect in your life – and that you take action on it.