This Sunday marked the end of the three-week church wide fast. Many of our lives have been transformed through fasting and we are learning what it is to allow the Lord to be in total control over our lives and truly be the Lord of the Things.
There was a young man who went to Harvard, but he soon found that college wasnt everything he had wanted. So when he had a new idea about starting a particular kind of company he went to his dad to ask for $40,000 to invest in this idea. So his dad invested $40,000 in his idea, and this young man went on to invest all his money, time, and talents into this idea that has now become a company worth over $240 billion dollars. That man is Bill Gates.
If we truly walk in obedience to God with all diligence we will see our lives transformed. Our duty is to invest everything we have in everything God has given us and gifted us with, and more than we can think or imagine can come from it.
The Parable of the Talents
Matthew 25:14-19 states, 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. 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. Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord's money. After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them.
The fourth part of this series on the Lord of the Things focuses on kingdom investing or stewardship. In the parable of the talents we see three servants receive a measure of talents according to their ability. Two of those servants invested in those talents and multiplied the value of what they had. However, another servant simply hid his away.
If our stewardship or kingdom investing is based on biblical lordship, the result will be resource multiplication. If we are to be kingdom investors of the talents, money, and time God has given us, we must place high value on Gods expectation for high profit.
The Magnitude of the Profits
Matthew 25:20-28 states, 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours. 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. So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents.
A kingdom investor predetermines the magnitude of his or her profits. Depending upon our attitude towards our own abilities and resources can truly shed light on whether or not we will have any success in using them.
The more faith we have the greater our profits will be as a result. However, if we never use the resources God has given us, we will have nothing to show for them.
Dont Make Excuses
There are many reasons why investors do not invest. There is the universal fear of failure. However, a fear of failure is more or less flagrant disobedience in the Bible. It is also easy to think that we do not have much compared to others. However, usually these thoughts are not based on factual evidence but rather on our own assumptions. We cannot get caught up in this mindset. Lastly we think that the little bit we have to offer wont really amount to much.
We must remember that a little bit can go along way. Everything we have is because God has given it to us. All our money, our talents, and abilities are from God. No excuse is reason enough not to invest in the kingdom, allowing God total control of what He has given us, and what He wants us to do.
What are You Going to Do?
We will be held accountable for what we did with what God gave us. When He gives us the resources, He expects us to use them. We must ask ourselves what God has given us and how we can use it for His glory.
When we dont use our resources and abilities to their potential we will only see minimal results. If we increase our time in prayer, or tithe the amount of money we are able to, we will see transformation and growth in our lives.
When we do this we will receive three things like the servant in the parable. Matt 25:21 states, 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. We can walk with the satisfaction of a job well done. We can welcome more responsibility that the Lord entrusts us with, and we can enter into the joy of the Lord.
Jesus is the Lord of All
A kingdom investor protects all of his talents from the death dirt. The servant who buried his talent was called wicked and lazy. Burying talents results in the death of our resources, opportunities, and life itself.
Our goal is to see our talents multiplied. The more we invest in what God has given us the greater increase we will see. Just like the multiplication equations Pastor Miles showed, a small increase of numbers can add up to be so much.
For example, 3x3x3x3x3= 243 with a 30% increase which is 4x4x4x4x4=1,024. That is a huge increase. What in our lives could change when we devote just a little more time to prayer?
We must vow to honor God with our time, tithe, and talent. We must break free from a meism ideology and live a life about Heism. If Jesus isnt the Lord of all, He isnt the Lord at all. When will Jesus be just enough?