This passage is in regard to the parable of the servants. The master left 3 servants with different amounts of silver and expected them to do well with what they had. He rewarded the ones who were faithful and cast out the one unfaithful. The message – to be faithful with what God has given us and when we are faithful, more will be given to us, to abundance!
Beautiful story and very mind-awakening.
I don’t know about you, but I sometimes get caught up in what I don’t have. I look around and start the comparison game. Women are infamous for it. Really, men don’t do this much, but oh, we girls sure do. We silently compare ourselves with our friends, family, coworkers, even strangers. We compare looks, bodies, clothes, makeup, families, spiritual lives, homes, finances, you name it – we can compare it. And, we get caught up in it, don’t we? But that is not what God wants for us. He wants us to have His abundance, whatever that looks like in our lives. God blesses us individually according to what is best for us. Our responsibility is to take those blessings and responsibilities He has given to us and grow them for the kingdom.
Growing these for the kingdom is what we do with what we have. My best interests, nor the best for the Kingdom is accomplished by comparing my gifts with others. God is clear on this. He gives, we grow. Nothing grows if it’s just sitting there being compared. The hard truth we may find, when we take a serious look, is that we are not very good stewards of our blessings and gifts. Ouch. Painful to think about, worse to realize the truth of it. But there it is, staring me in the face.
Here is where the difference can occur. Recognizing my stewardship of His gifts is lacking is where I can change the course of growth! Let’s take one that seems widespread. Finances. We ask ourselves (and God!) as we see others prosper, “why not us”? Well, are we good stewards? Are we using the funds God blesses us with well? Are we disciplined in our management? Are we faithful in the tithe? Do we give cheerfully and liberally? We can ask these type of questions regarding many areas of our lives.
What about the gifts and talents God has given us? Are we faithful to use them for the kingdom? Are we good managers of those talents/gifts? God abundantly blessed the servant who faithfully multiplied. Are we multiplying what God has given? Listen, we don’t all get the same things, we don’t need the same things! God deals with us as individual children. He gives individually. He gives what is best for us. That’s a good, good Father! So what should I be doing?
Look at the gifts, talents, blessings God has given to me. Take a really thorough inventory. Now, be thankful and stop looking around me poisonously comparing. Then, do what I can do with what I have. Use the money I have well. Be a good steward. Give generously according to what God has given. If I can teach, teach when and where I have opportunity. If I can sing, sing! Sing in the car, sing in the shower, sing with the congregation, but sing! Don’t wait for someone to recognize your talent. Just sing to the Father because He is the one we worship. Whatever your, or my, blessings are – we must be a faithful servant. God will multiply and our blessings will be abundant.
So I intend to stop waiting around. I know the dreams that God has given me and I am in waiting for some of them, but I am going to faithfully serve while I wait. I am not sure when Jesus, my Master, is returning, but I want to be found serving – faithfully. Doing what I can with what I have. I believe God is smiling.