Many times we fail to reach our God-given potential.
Too many Christians, through simple ignorance, go through life with the assumption that God is going to make everything happen for them in His timing. We even use phrases like, “it’s all in God’s timing…” What if I were to tell you that God is waiting on you? What if what you get in life is determined by what you do in life? Let’s look at a famous parable of Jesus and see what we can learn from it.
A KINGDOM MINDSET
Anytime the bible describes Jesus and His teachings, it always says that He was speaking of things pertaining to the Kingdom.The Kingdom of God is not a place; it is a way of doing things. In the Lord’s Prayer found in Matthew 6, Jesus tells us how we should pray,
“…your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
Jesus came to establish God’s way of doing things in the lives of His children here on earth. In Matthew 25 we see Jesus sharing with us another glimpse into how God’s Kingdom operates.
THE PARABLE OF THE TALENTS
Matthew 25:14-30 (NLT)
14 “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.”
Immediately, my interpretation of what Jesus is talking about is Himself.He will soon be ascending after His resurrection, and will be entrusting us with a responsibility.
15 “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 KJV of this parable refers to the bags of silver as “talents.” Now, right of the bat it appears unfair that some received more than others, however, if you look closely, it reveals why.
“…dividing it in proportion to their abilities…”
That means that before they were entrusted, the master knew their abilities. Once you have proven yourself, an opportunity for promotion will arise. Once that opportunity reveals itself, what you do after that will determine your promotion.
(AMP)” To one he gave five talents [probably about $5,000], to another two, to another one—to each in proportion to his own personal ability. Then he departed and left the country.”
Although Jesus is using money to illustrate His parable, His meaning is much deeper, and not limited just to this world’s currency. This parable has been preached many ways, primarily concerning money. While this is the illustration, and should cause you to reflect on your financial stewardship in God’s Kingdom, I will primarily speak to you tonight concerning the entirety of your life.
16 “The servant who received the five bags of silver began to invest the money and earned five more. 17 The servant with two bags of silver also went to work and earned two more.”
Notice the first two men who were entrusted with more, had a knowledge already of what to do with what they had been given. In my opinion, this reveals the reasoning behind why the master divided the money the way that he did.
18 “But the servant who received the one bag of silver dug a hole in the ground and hid the master’s money.”
Immediately it is revealed that this guy had no clue what to do with the money. Somehow, his knowledge and or training was not the same as the other two men. In my opinion, knowing that the master knew their abilities, I would not have given anything to the third man at all. It seems to me that the master was giving this man an opportunity to grow, and possibly change his current abilities. It would also seem to me that this third man could have, if he was wise, watched the other two men and done whatever they did. It was evident that they knew more, since they were entrusted with more.
What if the master only brought the third man in to the challenge to give him an opportunity to surround himself with people who he could learn from? I wonder if in your own life right now, you are unaware of the opportunities God is giving you that lie within your relationships.
19 “After a long time their master returned from his trip and called them to give an account of how they had used his money.”
Let it be known that no matter what it is in your life that God has entrusted you with, YOU WILL HAVE TO GIVE AN ACCOUNT FOR WHAT YOU DID WITH IT!
20″ 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.”
Notice, the first man stated what the purpose was for what he was entrusted with – to invest it. -He knew his purpose for what he was given.
21 “The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. Let’s celebrate together!’
(AMP) His master said to him, Well done, you upright (honorable, admirable) and faithful servant! You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities.been faithful and trustworthy over a little; I will put you in charge of much. Enter into and share the joy (the You have delight, the blessedness) which your master enjoys.
(MSG) “His master commended him: ‘Good work! You did your job well. From now on be my partner.’
Anytime the Lord gives you little, recognize it as a ladder to more. Once you have faithfully made the climb of faithfulness, you arrive on the scene of promotion. Little is never a bad thing. With God, it is an opportunity to receive more.
22 “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.’
Again, this man also knows the purpose for what he has been entrusted with to invest it.
23 “The master said, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’24 “Then the servant with the one bag of silver came and said,
Many would say this man is an idiot, however, he did have knowledge of a very important thing.
AMP the master said, “…Enter into and share the joy (the delight, the blessedness) which your master enjoys.
This was a profound statement. The master, who the third man (the one who buried his talent) described as someone who harvests crops he didn’t plant and gathers crops he didn’t cultivate, had purposed all along to have these three men inherit the same exact trait. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more ‘Master, I knew you were a harsh man,harvesting crops you didn’t plant and gathering crops you didn’t cultivate. Have you ever heard the statement, “He make money in his sleep.” What this is referring to is someone who has discovered a way to prosper without having to do much work.
I would lose your money, so I hid it and look here is your money back.’
Right here you see the problem, fear. Fear will rob you of promotion. Fear will always choke the life of your harvest by paralyzing your seed. Notice the place where he hid what he was entrusted with in the earth.Now, what was this parable illustrating? The whole purpose of this parable was to teach us about the Kingdom’s way of doing things. The Kingdom way of doing things is not the earth’s way of doing things.
26 “But the master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy servant! This man had knowledge of who this master was, but he did not know the purpose for which the master was entrusting him. God’s gifts to us are not necessarily for His benefit, rather ours, and the benefit of the Kingdom that He is establishing on this earth. 27 why didn’t you deposit my money in the bank? At least I could have gotten some interest on it.’ 28 “Then he ordered, ‘Take the money from this servant, and give it to the one with the ten bags of silver. If you knew I harvested crops I didn’t plant and gathered crops I didn’t cultivate,The third man planted in the earth, rather than the Kingdom, and his return was worse than nothing. What he had was taken away. 29 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.
(AMP) For to everyone who has will more be given, andbut from the one who does not have, even what he does have will be taken away.30 Now throw this useless servant into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
What has God entrusted you with? Many of you know exactly what I am talking about right now, while others are scrambling through your thoughts to try to figure out why you even exist. Yes, God has given entrusted you financially, and you should be investing it into His Kingdom, rather than this earth; but what else?
What about your gifts, your call, you life in general? Are you doing anything at all for the Kingdom, or are you merely investing in the earthly rat race that we call life? I wonder if God has placed you around others that He has entrusted with the same responsibility? Are you learning from them or are you busy digging holes of fear. What you have is an opportunity for more, no matter the amount that you have been entrusted with.