In the days leading to His death, Jesus told a lot of parables concerning the end times and what God expects us to be doing or what He would want to find us doing.
One was the parable of the bags of gold (Matthew 25:14ff). In sum, a man was travelling and entrusted his wealth to three servants. “To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability…” Matthew 25:15. The first two servants put their boss’ money to work and doubled what they had. The third buried his in the ground and went to sleep.
In the course of time the man returned and the servants gave account. To the two who put the money to work, he praised ““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!’ Matthew 25:21. To the third, he said some unkind words, took his bag of gold and gave it to the one who had made the most money, and banished him to where there was “gnashing of teeth”.
Like these three men God has given us all talents, gifts, strengths, ideas, abilities etc. He expects us to work these not only for our benefit but for the benefit of others and His kingdom. We cannot afford to sit on these talents and gifts either because we are afraid to use them or are too lazy to put in the work. Sometimes we take the easy way out because it is comfortable and may involve little risk. Instead of wasting our time coveting what others have or fixating on what we do not have, focus on what you have. Whatever God has given you is according to your ability.
I do not think it was easy for the first two servants to double the money. It must have taken some work, some research, some inquiries to finally settle on the best way to work the money. They also recognized that the money was not theirs, being mere custodians they knew they had to be diligent with it.
God always places something in our hands and expects us to use it to the fullest. For Moses it was a staff; for Dorcas it was a needle and thread; for David it was the ability to compose Psalms, play a harp and shoot a sling. What is in your hand? What is in your heart? In your mind?. Have you identified it yet and if you have, are you working it or have you buried it? If God were to ask you to give account of how you have used what He has given you so far, will He say to you “well done, good and faithful servant”?
Love, Lady Monica ❤