The Blessing we have all around us.
“14 ¶ “For [the kingdom of heaven is] like a man traveling to a far country, [who] called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. 15 “And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. 16 “Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. 17 “And likewise he who [had received] two gained two more also. 18 “But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money. 19 “After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 “So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’ 21 “His lord said to him, ‘Well [done], good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ 22 “He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’ 23 “His lord said to him, ‘Well [done], good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ 24 “Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 ‘And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, [there] you have [what is] yours.’ 26 “But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. 27 ‘So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. 28 ‘Therefore take the talent from him, and give [it] to him who has ten talents. 29 ‘For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. 30 ‘And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'” (Mt 25:14-30 NKJV)
What kind of servant am I? A question I have been asking myself lately. God has given me so much and I quite often forget who really owns the “cattle on a thousand hills”. What talents and blessing have I been in trusted with and how and what have I been investing them in? This is a hard question, but one we should ask ourselves regularly. What ‘talent’ or ‘talents’ have I buried lately? Am I burying my health as I sit behind a computer or TV rather than exercising and eating healthy? Have I buried my time as I selfishly use my time for myself rather than building relationships with those around me? Have I been spending my finances well, distributing it where I should, or have I buried that as well – with foolish spending? So many other questions can be asked with other ‘talents’ we have been in trusted with. And as I look over the questions there is a common problem with all of them. These ‘talents’ don’t belong to me; the questions should really read “how am I being a steward of God’s talents that he has in trusted to me?”
As we as a family prepare to go overseas to share God’s love through some (hopefully all) of the gifts God has in trusted to us, I have also been struggling with other questions. What do we do with all of our stuff? Why do I want to hold on to these earthly things of no eternal value so much? Things like our house and our truck, things that will only continue to rot as they wait for our return from the field. The root of these questions I’m sure again is a question of ownership. It’s easily to say that God owns everything – however it’s entirely different to believe it enough to live it out.
I just wanted to share a quick glimpse into my heart with you as our family continues to prepare for service. And in sharing this I am challenging myself and maybe you as well to ask these questions and then to have the Holy Spirit search out our hearts; revealing to us what we need to ‘dig up’ and start applying to ‘eternal investments’.