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July 4th, 2011

Gifts, Bankers, and No Bailout for You

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The other night, I was reading in my Bible as I do every night, and came across Matthew 25:14-30. This was a scripture that I have read countless times, but one thing stuck out to me this evening.

The reference that I am referring to is The Parable of The Talents.

Matthew 25:14-30

New International Version (NIV)

The Parable of the Talents

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. 20The 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.’

There is a reason that this Scripture stuck with me, and that is because it has been proving to be a reoccurring theme as of late.

Everyone, yes everyone, has been given specific gifts by their creator. From the time your were born, you have had genetics and experiences that have developed who you are. You have a choice when it comes to these events, and a question that you must answer.

Which will I allow, the Good or the Bad, to define who I am today?

Yes, everyday you need to ask this question to yourself, because everyone of us is required by God Almighty to produce something everyday.

I am not talking about just money or stuff, because money and the things it buys will never make you who you are. In fact money is an amplifier of who you already are. If you are a jerk, and you win the lottery, you are just a rich jerk (the only reason people will hang out with you is because they are just as shallow as you are, and they just want the money you have).

This scripture is talking about using every gift and talent that you have to help build up God’s Kingdom, and helping each other stay focused on Jesus who gets us there. This scripture is talking about being obedient to the Lord who wants us to use these talents to produce good things.

Verse 24 tells of how the man with one bag of gold came with an accusation and excuse. He came before his lord and accused him of being mean and unfair for what the experiences in life had dealt him. He basically told his master that he was lazy and a crook for reaping benefits from his own land that his own employees worked. The servant chose to allow the bad things of life define himself…

By doing this, the servant cut himself off from every benefit that his authority could extend to him, had his attempts to produce failed (which sometimes they do, but you move on).

In verse 27 something caught my attention.

“…you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.”

I asked the Holy Spirit who the bankers were, and His reply was simple. They are those who are doing the work of their master.

Imaging owning a business and you have 3 salesmen. You pay these salesmen great, and you even offer this benefits package that rivals your competitors.

One salesman sells 10 products a day, the other sells 5. You have this one salesman who has a customer come up to them asking for help. Instead of assisting them he starts to talk bad about the business that he works for (maybe saying that you don’t pay him enough commission and never honors warranties), and after a while he refers that customer to your competitor.

You bring that salesman into your office wanting to see what you need to do to motivate him, and he chooses to tear you apart. As you fire him, you wonder why he didn’t just stay at home, or if he didn’t want to quit his job, at least referred the customer to the other 2 salesmen.

You might have decided to sit back on your past, and you might like the false sense of comfort that you get when you blame life, others or God. You might have figured that compared to others, you are the only human being that was ripped off in the talent department, but all that means is that you are being a wicked and lazy servant. I didn’t say it, Jesus did. (In all fairness, people say that serving God is no fun, and when they get themselves in a bind, they blame God by saying that He was trying to teach them this mysterious lesson that they are now required to figure out.)

By choosing to do this, we forfeit the many true blessings that the Lord has for us, but there is one more thing that the master didn’t care for. The wicked and lazy servant didn’t sew into the work that others were doing. The bankers were those who were taking the gifts they were given, and using them to turn a profit for the boss.

What really is sad… while we may decide to sit back and do nothing with ourselves, we in the process do damage to the Kingdom of God. Why do we insist on being so lazy that all we live for is to hinder others in the process. Why do we try to make those who are moving on, wallow in our self induced misery? If anything give your time, energy or money (if that is what is most important to you) to those who are using their talents for God. By doing this you will have interest and treasures in Heaven, that is gained by those who are working to further God’s Kingdom.

2 Timothy 2:11-13 tells us, “Here is a trustworthy saying: If we died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him. If we disown him, he will also disown us; if we are faithless, he remains faithful, for he cannot disown himself.”
Romans 3:3-4 Tells us, “What if some were unfaithful? Will their unfaithfulness nullify God’s faithfulness? Not at all! Let God be true, and every human being a liar. As it is written: “So that you may be proved right when you speak and prevail when you judge.””

Let me say this right now…. I serve a great faithful God. He is loving, honest, righteous, and merciful through all my shortcomings. Jesus died for me while I still wasn’t doing Him any good. Why? Because He saw something in me that I didn’t even see. He lifted me out of the mess I was in and He put me in a higher place. Jesus trusted me when even those closest to me didn’t. He said that I could do anything that He said I could do.

By all means, do all that you can, and invest in those who do it better than you. You succeed when you spend time with successful people, and there is none more successful than God Almighty. Align your skill-set with a proven leader, and His name is Jesus.


About the Author

Gene
A husband to an awesome wife, father to 3 beautiful girls, step-father to a beautiful girl and smart son. Preacher, Designer and best of all a Servant to a loving and gracious God.




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