“After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’ His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’ His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’ His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest. So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.’” [Matthew 25:14-30]
So a couple of years ago I got a part time job at Lowe’s in the lumber department. I had absolutely no previous knowledge or experience that would have helped me at this job, so they spent a lot of time training me to be able to do the job more effectively. After working there for around 4 months, I had a pretty good grasp of my job. At that point, my boss started expecting more of me. He gave me more responsibility and began to trust me more. Along with more responsibility and trust though came more expectation and accountability. Makes sense right? He invested in me, so he expected me to steward what he gave me well.
This parable here relates to that pretty closely. There is the master who gives three different people his wealth to steward. He also gives them different amounts to steward.
When I was at Lowe’s, my boss didn’t expect me to know everything about the lighting department, or flooring. He only expected me to use what he trained me in to run the lumber department well.
In the same way, we see that the master expects different things from the servants depending on how much he gave them. The only person who didn’t steward what his master gave him well was the one who did nothing with it.
The truth is that God has given you specific gifts, abilities, and interests. Psalm 139 says that He knitted you together. That means he took time and effort when creating you! More importantly, as a follower of Jesus, He has now given you the Holy Spirit to empower you. So what does it mean to steward those things well? It means sharing them with the world in a way that it reflects the love and goodness of your Father! God places people in your life everyday so that you can share the things that He has blessed you with them. It's all a reflection of who He is. YOU reflect Him!
To end, let’s pray!
God, reveal to me more how you would have me steward what you have blessed me with more. I want to honor you with what you have given me. Help me to be more aware of how I can share this things with people around me everyday. Amen!