14 “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. He called together his servants and entrusted his money to them while he was gone. 15 He gave five bags of silver[b] to one, two bags of silver to another, and one bag of silver to the last—dividing it in proportion to their abilities. He then left on his trip. 16 “The servant who received the five bags of silver began to invest the money and earned five more. 17 The servant with two bags of silver also went to work and earned two more. 18 But the servant who received the one bag of silver dug a hole in the ground and hid the master’s money. 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 silver came forward with five more and said, ‘Master, you gave me five bags of silver to invest, and I have earned five more.’
Matthew 25: 14-20 NLT
The message is similar between these two passages. Both masters entrusted their money to the slaves and workers. In both parables, most of the servants proceeded to invest the money and turned it into far more than what they had been given. There was on servant in each story who was too afraid and lazy to do anything with the money they had been given and just buried it away, not to be touched until the master returned.
The authors use these parables to teach us that we are servants, and we have the choice to invest the things we have been given or simply waste the time we have been given until the master returns. There are "good and faithful" servants who use their [talents] and invest them well, and then their are lazy servants who choose to bury what they have been given because they are afraid of the master. The master rewards the ones who invest the money well and rebukes the one who did not put in the effort to grow his investment.
what does this mean for us?
We are given the Spirit of God, which is to be used for the work of the Kingdom. We have the choice to invest what we have been given by pouring out our own understanding and belief in Jesus to those around us who do not know Him. This, in turn, can grow the Kingdom of God exponentially when people continue to invest in others.
We have been given limited time on this earth, and we are not guaranteed tomorrow. Because we have chosen to live a life with Jesus and choose to serve him, we have been entrusted with the authority to minister to others through the power of the Holy Spirit. When we honor this mission and pour out our lives to God's people, we will be rewarded in heaven. If we choose to bury or postpone our investment, then we are not honoring the very gift we did not ever deserve, but were so selflessly given.
We are called to follow Jesus through it all. These parables seem harsh at first, but the servants who took the time and effort to grow the what they had been given were rewarded with more than they ever imagined.
We should be like the servants who invested the money for their master. Though they did not know when their masters were returning, they still did as they were told and were rewarded for their work. Jesus has invested all he is in us, and we should pour that back out into our communities, dorms, classes, homes, and everywhere. We should not bury what the Lord has given us, because laziness will not be rewarded. We should be excited that he has entrusted his Holy Spirit within us, and we will be rewarded in the Kingdom of Heaven for choosing to invest in things that are bigger than us.
We come to you and ask that you would show us how to love those around us and invest what you have so willingly given us. You chose to invest in me, and I want to honor you by pouring it back out in the most desperate places. Don't let me be lazy with my talents, but help me use them to further your kingdom. When I get frustrated or lazy, bring me back to you and guide me with your purpose and vision.
I thank you for who you are and who you created me to be. Help me be like the servants who chose to honor their masters, because I want to honor you with all that I am!!
Father, I love you. I am yours. Use me.