Every night when you put your head on your pillow, someone in the spiritual realm is saying, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Either your heart was right and you were repentant, humble, and productive, allowing God to lead and inspire you, or you were very good at obeying the devil: gossiping, giving in to selfishness, and putting up a façade.
When you die, God will demand a very high return on what you were given in your life.
In Matthew 25, Jesus tells a parable of the servants, who are judged by how faithfully they manage what their master gives them. The lesson Jesus teaches with this story is that when you die, God will demand a very high return on what you were given in your life. God is a businessman who has invested in your life and requires a return on His investment, by His own strength in you and His Spirit’s power to guide you.
“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.
“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. 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. And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ Matthew 25:14-30
The “talents” in this story stand for not only your wealth, but for all the valuables that make up who you are: your passions, your talents, your interests, the dreams of your heart, your intellect, your experiences, etc. The number of talents the master gives to each servant has nothing to do with how he values the servants, but with each of their abilities to manage. This is a call to appreciate what you have, for God has given you what you thinks you can handle today, which is not necessarily the same thing anyone else has. (And if you want more, be faithful with what you have!)
You have a personality, talents, resources, money, connections, experience, knowledge, and opportunity to know Him on a personal level. He wants you to invest all of it in His kingdom so that you can get 100% return for Him. Ask Him to show you what your talents are so that you can realize your eternal purposes. You are marvelous because God says so, and that’s all that matters.
Are you investing your talent in God’s hands? It all belongs to Him. Let Him use it however He sees fit. If you keep it all to yourself for your own benefit and your own glory, then that is like being a “wicked and lazy servant,” (v. 26) not investing in the harvest that God expects from your life. You may get a fancy car, fun parties, wealth and power, but you will not have the joy of the Lord – and when you stand before Him, He will want an account for it.
What has God given you? Are you willing to give it all for Him? If He has your heart, everything else will follow. God is calling us to make a serious impact for His kingdom. Pray that God will open your eyes to His purposes for you!