”To those who use well what they are given, or those who have even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, or have nothing even what little they have will be taken away” according to Matthew 25:29. The story continued with ‘take the money from him and give it to the one with most money. I particularly like this version because it mentions ‘use’. Many time this scripture has been read in the context of money but I believe it can be applied to anything in our possession including or talent. Yes it sounds harsh, how can the little that the servant possesses be taken away and given to the one that has already?
The more you use a skill the more experienced you get. The more you invest your money correctly the more money you will have. Do not allow your skills or money to lie fallow, doing nothing seems to be the lesson we can get from this story.
- The servant with one talent did nothing with what he received.
- We need to be productive for our Creator
- We should our gifts or talents for God’s purpose
- We are to invest our lives and not waste it
- Nature abhors stagnancy
Every time we are doing something for the purpose of advancing His kingdom or working on our jobs or businesses, we are doing this word and we should see increase. The Sunday School teacher at church, the oil executive, the Share trader are all fulfilling their callings or vocations and would experience growth. They are filling their spaces in life.
Those who have and continue to increase do not complain or grumble even in the face of adversity. They make something out of nothing. What is your attitude to hardship and impossibilities?. Do you give up easily?
How do you listen? ‘For this people’s heart has become calloused; they hardly hear with their ears, and they have closed their eyes. Otherwise they might see with their eyes, hear with their ears, understand with their hearts and turn, and I would heal them,’ the same scripture continues. Paying attention and hearing clearly produces positive results, hardened heart receives nothing from Him.
Growing in Grace and in our calling and election requires work. The more we put in the more we’ll get out of life. Life is to be enjoyed and abundantly.