Fruit of Faithfulness Series: Day 20
I love when Jesus spoke in parables in the bible. Today’s parable comes from Matthew 25:14. (P.S this post made it for the day by the skin of my teeth!)
The Parable of the Bags of Gold
14 “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. 15 To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag,[a] each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. 16 The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. 17 So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. 18 But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.
19 “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. 20 The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’
21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.Come and share your master’s happiness!’
22 “The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’
23 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.Come and share your master’s happiness!’
24 “Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’
Some people I think read the above and are confused by what it means.
The parable demonstrates that we are good stewards, Not only good stewards of are money but also good stewards of our time.
Time is a much more precious currency than money. Money you can get back but time you can not.
I think this parable illustrates important principles of faithfulness through proper stewardship.
It is more than making the most of what you have, it is trusting God will provide.
Well done, good and faithful servant!
We are given what we needed only when we need it.
There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and Father of all who is over all and through all and in all. But to each one of us grace was given according to the measure of Christ’s gift.- Ephesians 4:4-7
The size of our gift is in direct proportion to our faith.
Small faith: small gift.
Large faith: large gift.
I’m not talking about gift as money or power, but gift as spiritual blessing and anointing.
Think about that. The character we display shows the faith we have related to what God gives us.
When we get a gift we usually open up that gift and use it, it seldom (depending on the gift) just sits unopened in the corner.
God gave us this gift, this precious gift because He trusts us to be good stewards of this gift.
You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.Come and share your master’s happiness!
Show that you are trustworthy with what God has given you and he will give you more.
More responsibility in the kingdom depends on your faithfulness to use the gift He has given you. We are able to come and share in the happiness because we are not working against Him, we are working for Him and with Him.
Until you realize we are all on the same team, then you will live life as an outsider when in fact, we are insiders.
I know this post is late in day, so the challenge is simply to reflect on the gift God has given you to advance His kingdom. Consider the following questions:
1.What is the gift God has given you?
2. What are you currently doing that uses your gift? (How are you being a good steward)
3. How can you create more opportunities to use your gift more? How might you be able to become a better steward of your time so that you are able to use your gift?
4. What does practicing your gift look like in your house? your job? your community? your church?
I highly encourage you to review 1 Corinthians 12:4-11 for a list if possible spiritual gifts. Also the website giftstest.com gives great insight into what you spiritual gift may be.
Blessings as you explore these precious treasures!