19 “After a long time their master returned from his trip and called them to give an account of how they had used his money. 20 The servant to whom he had entrusted the five bags of gold said, ‘Sir, you gave me five bags of gold to invest, and I have doubled the amount.’ 21 The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’
22 “Next came the servant who had received the two bags of gold, with the report, ‘Sir, you gave me two bags of gold to invest, and I have doubled the amount.’ 23 The master said, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’ 24 “Then the servant with the one bag of gold came and said, ‘Sir, I know you are a hard man, harvesting crops you didn’t plant and gathering crops you didn’t cultivate. 25 I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth and here it is.’ 26 “But the master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy servant! You think I’m a hard man, do you, harvesting crops I didn’t plant and gathering crops I didn’t cultivate? 27 Well, you should at least have put my money into the bank so I could have some interest. 28 Take the money from this servant and give it to the one with the ten bags of gold. 29 To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who are unfaithful, even what little they have will be taken away. 30 Now throw this useless servant into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
Holy Bible, New Living Translation, (Wheaton, IL: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.) 1996.
The master divided the money among his servants according to their abilities. No one received more or less than he could handle. If he failed in his assignment, his excuse could not be that he was overwhelmed. Failure would indicate only laziness or hatred for the master. The bags of gold represent the resources God has given us. God has given us time, talents and other gifts to do the work He has set out for us to do. These are given according to the abilities that God has also given us. Nothing is of ourselves, we only use the things God has given us. As the servants in this parable, we are also expected to increase what He has given us before He returns. The issue is not how much you have but how well you use what you have. Are you tithing and giving offerings with the money that goes through your hands? Are you using your skills to help others and further His Kingdom? Theses are the things He will be looking at. How well you used the gifts that He gave you under His direction and through His power. There isn’t any of you in the doing. You are merely a vessel that God works through using the gifts He gave you under His direction and through His power. Examine what God has given you and then give it back to Him by using it for Him. Seek His direction and use His power to do His will and you will hear from Him, “well done my good and faithful servant.”
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