Pastor Miles shared today that several years ago had opportunity to meet Donald Trump. It is easy to be awestruck by how this one man could be bankrupt one day and buying Atlantic City the next! However, people are also quick to criticize Donald Trump for what he does with his money or for his lifestyle…or for any other thing with which they find fault.
There is nothing wrong with being rich. The Bible doesn’t say that you shouldn’t have a lot of money, only that money shouldn’t have you.
We have a tendency to cut down people whom we consider rich. (By the way, there is nothing wrong with being rich. The Bible doesn’t say that you shouldn’t have a lot of money, only that money shouldn’t have you.) We look for something to criticize in their lives because we are bothered that they have something we don’t have. This can apply to financial wealth as well as many other types of blessings: friends, influence, personality traits, skills, intelligence, talents or education.
Imagine if instead of feeling jealous or threatened by the wealth of others, you could celebrate them!
In Matthew 25:14-30, a master goes on a trip and entrusts a different number talents to each of his servants, asking them to do something with what he has given. He doesn’t dole out his talents equally among the three servants; instead, he gives each of these gifts according to the ability of the receiver.
1. When we judge what someone else has received, we are determining that God has unfairly blessed the person.
This type of judgment assumes that we know how things should be and that God has handled the situation inappropriately. Isn’t it something; we think we know better than God how things should be done?
God is never wrong! We shouldn’t make judgment based on the limited information we have. Instead, we must trust that our all-knowing God has given us all what He thinks we can handle today.
Also, we must realize that things that seem a blessing to us may actually be a cause of ruin in another person’s life. This doesn’t mean that God wants to ruin people, but simply that money allows people amplified opportunities to be as they are, which can sometimes lead to their ruin.
2. We do not realize the value of what we have.
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. (v. 16-18)
The last servant, who received only one talent, deemed that he couldn’t do anything with such a little amount, so he buried it instead of maximizing its potential.
Whatever God our Master gives us, He gives it a high value and eternal potential. Many times, we don’t even realize the value of what we have.
Pastor Miles shared some staggering statistics about the economy of the world:
Half the world lives on less than $2 per day, yet we throw away $2 like it’s nothing.
If you earn minimum wage in California, you are in the top 14.8% of income in the world.
22,000 kids under age of 5 die every day because of poor conditions, illness, or lack of food.
Think about all the ways you can serve other people who can’t help themselves. There are so many people in this world who have nothing!
3. We are only accountable for what we do with our own riches.
Instead of looking at another person and feeling bitter about what you don’t have, examine your heart inwardly and appreciate what the Lord has given you: your job, food to eat, clean water, your family, your shelter. Maybe you don’t have access to more simply because at this moment, God can’t trust you to be faithful with the little you do have.
“After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them.” (v. 19)
To him who multiplied what he was given, 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. (v. 23)
But to the one who buried his talent in the ground, “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. Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents. ‘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. (v. 26-29)
If you aren’t using the gifts God gave you, this is just like burying them in the ground! God expects you to know your talents and use them.
God is not going to ask you about anybody else’s blessings; they are not your concern. He is going to ask, “How did you honor Me with what I gave you?”
If you aren’t using the gifts God gave you, this is just like burying them in the ground! God expects you to know your talents and use them. Be willing to open your hands and do whatever He asks with that which He was given you (your money, skills, education, influence, etc.) If God can trust you with these things, He will entrust you with them.