The Gift Should Not Be Idle
18th MAY, 2021
Commending his servant, the master replied, ‘You have done well, and proven yourself to be my loyal and trustworthy servant. Because you have been a faithful steward to manage a small sum, now I will put you in charge of much, much more. You will experience the delight of your master, who will say to you, “Enter into the joy of your Lord!” [Matthew 25: 21 TPT]
Let us start this off with a question. What do you have in your hands? Throughout scripture, we find that everything God does, He does with purpose and meaning. Whenever He gives a name, an instrument, a vision, a rod, strength, or instruction, He gives with reason.
God is sovereign! The Bible stories highlight how intentional God is at giving gifts and instructions. We are reminded of the amazing things God did through people. What we have to remember is that these were actual people who walked the earth, people like us.
God used what they had for the fulfilment of great things because they made their gifts available for use by the One Who gave them. In His wisdom, God gives with purpose, talent to each person. The parable may have been referring to the master’s gold coins he distributed to each of his three servants according to their abilities. This is so relatable and metaphorically addressing the question we were asked at the beginning.
Take a moment to think on the question above, even if it is just for a minute. Done? Now keep your answer in mind, while reading on.
There is so much to learn from this parable. Agreeing to move brings enlargement and multiplication. Jesus Christ, in His conversations, sermons and exhortations, made good use of parables. It is no surprise that He found several ways of communicating what the kingdom of Heaven can be likened to in this chapter and the one before it. In this passage, we learn about the three servants who were given five, two and one talent, respectively. Two of them multiplied what was entrusted to them while one did not. He explained to his master why he thought saving and giving back what was given him was wise to do. We are told his master was not pleased and asked that he be sent away.
What you are, look like, sound like and can do should bring glory to God. The message in this scripture cannot be watered-down; it is clear that we are being reminded to move and multiply — to be found faithful. 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]
For a generation constantly on the move, we have an understanding of what gets done when we move. The truth is, you have been given an assignment and what equips you to accomplish that assignment. When we belittle our gifts or purpose, we stifle the progress that needs to be made. Your gift will make room for you and bring you before great men.
Again, what do you have in your hands? Are you ready to commit to growing it for the master’s pleasurable use? You are gifted, and you have a purpose and a name. All it takes is your yes. Generations are tied to your response.
Dear Father, glory to You! You are sovereign and perfect in all Your ways. Please help me grow in obedience and in wisdom to move by Your instruction. Amen!
Further Reading: Proverbs 18:16
Bible In One Year: Psalms [3–6]