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Oct 13 2014

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God Quotes: What Did You Do with What I Gave You?

What Did You Do with What I Gave You?

“Again, the Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. He called together his servants and entrusted his money to them while he was gone. He gave five bags of silver to one, two bags of silver to another, and one bag of silver to the last—dividing it in proportion to their abilities. He then left on his trip. “The servant who received the five bags of silver began to invest the money and earned five more. The servant with two bags of silver also went to work and earned two more. But the servant who received the one bag of silver dug a hole in the ground and hid the master’s money. “After a long time their master returned from his trip and called them to give an account of how they had used his money. The servant to whom he had entrusted the five bags of silver came forward with five more and said, ‘Master, you gave me five bags of silver to invest, and I have earned five more.’ “The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together! ’ “The servant who had received the two bags of silver came forward and said, ‘Master, you gave me two bags of silver to invest, and I have earned two more.’ “The master said, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’ “Then the servant with the one bag of silver came and said, ‘Master, I knew you were a harsh man, harvesting crops you didn’t plant and gathering crops you didn’t cultivate. I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth. Look, here is your money back.’ “But the master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy servant! If you knew I harvested crops I didn’t plant and gathered crops I didn’t cultivate, why didn’t you deposit my money in the bank? At least I could have gotten some interest on it.’ “Then he ordered, ‘Take the money from this servant, and give it to the one with the ten bags of silver. To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away. Now throw this useless servant into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ (‭Matthew‬ ‭25‬:‭14-30‬ NLT)

Context

This is a parable of Jesus. He is preparing for the imminent coming of the cross.

The servants

Each of the servants were given different amounts of money to manage. Two chose to go right away toward investing. One chose to bury the money.

The master

He entrusted the servants with his money and went away. By the response of two of the servants, it is clear that he wanted the money to grow while he was gone. It was not just to keep it safe.

Giving an account

Upon the master’s return, each servant was to give an account of what he did with what he was given. Those that invested the money were given praise. The one who buried the money was scolded. The joy of the two and the disappointment of the one is glaring.

What do we have?

The reality of a coming day of accountability is real. Don’t forget that. We will each give an account for the choices we have made here on earth. What do we have? We have our health, our minds, our education, and wealth. We have our families and relationships and jobs. Everything we have came from God. And how we managed it matters.

Can you imagine it? Standing before God giving an account for the life we lived. Can you imagine the joy of reporting how we used what we had for His purposes? The great part of the parable is the equal praise for the servant that little and the servant who had twice as much. (The master calls both amounts little. To Him, it is.) So what if our health is not great, what did we do with the strength we did have? So what if we didn’t have a lot of money, what did we do with the financial resources we had?

Of course, there is the other servant. Can you imagine the sadness of reporting how we just didn’t want to take a risk? Can you hear your own excuses for holding back? Ultimately, when we do not invest in the Kingdom, the root problem is a skewed view of God. The servant in the parable kept the money safe because he was the master in a terrible light. The master, in his mind, was cruel and heartless. (Makes me wonder what the other two servants thought.)

It takes a shift to recognize God’s ownership in all we have. So often, we see it all as ours. My house, my family, my body, my money. In reality, they are all on loan. One day, we will give an account. The excuses we make now will in no way matter when we stand before the Creator-Owner of the universe.

A prayer

Master, I am yours. Help me to see all that I have as yours. Help me to invest every part of me and every part of what you have entrusted to my care. Help me to see how I warp my understanding of who you are. Help me to see you as you truly are. Help me to be always away that eternity is just around the bend. I want to hear the sound of “Well done” from you. Jesus name, amen.

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