Wednesday 13 April 2022

Matthew 25:14-30 (NIV)

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, 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.’ 26 “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? 27 Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest. 28 “ ‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. 29 For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 30 And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

Since I was a small child, I have heard countless Sunday school lessons/sermons on this passage. Wise words on not squandering what God has given. Is there an imaginary line in our heads where one side of the line is mine and what falls on the other side of the line is what’s God’s – because slaves pretty much had nothing, whatever they had was their master’s? So what’s in the bag God has given you right now? Maybe like the people in the parable it’s finances, where you have the opportunity to invest and bless. But maybe your bag is full of Faith, or maybe wisdom, or practical resources and opportunity, or maybe your bag just now is that God has placed you where you have the ear of others. Whatever it is I want to be able to see what God has placed before me, for my use. And I want to be courageous and step out and use what He has given for his glory. Because it doesn’t matter what the next person has or what they are doing. I want to be able to report back to God that I used what he has given for his glory! 

Heavenly Father, I thank you for ALL that you have given me. Lord, help me see the possibilities before me to bring Glory to you. Help me to be fearless for your name. Help me not to take my faith for granted. Bless me Lord as I step into the day you have for me. In Jesus name I pray. Amen

Written by Christine Knight

2 replies
  1. Richard says:

    Chris – Love it!

    One of the things that catches my eye in this passage is that the ‘reward’ given to each of the first two servants is identical. This is one of the things that inspires me about God. He is not about amounts, He is about faithfulness and faith. Each of the servants had a 100% return, it is simply that the return was greater or lesser based on the initial amount given, yet so often in our culture of ‘bigger is better’ we could focus on one getting 5 the other only 2 – but this is NOT God’s focus. God is looking for the faith applied and the faithfulness with which this faith is applied and He sees two people do well.

    I am also taken by the description of the servant who is lazy. ‘Wicked’ is such a strong term and the punishment is powerful.

    What do I learn from this story?

    God has given me gifts/talents/aptitudes/learnings/education and He has a fair expectation that I will use them, and for His glory. Not using them will mean I am receive no commendation, in fact I will be punished, using them to the best of my ability will result in reward.

    Father, may I perceive what You have given me accurately and employ these gifts/talents/aptitudes/learnings/education to the best of my ability in Your grace and for Your glory.

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