While Jesus was talking about his return, he told the story of a man who went on our journey and entrusted his servants with his wealth. Through this story we learn what to do with what we have while we wait for his return.
What we have is not ours – In the first century, it wasn’t uncommon for wealthy owners to delegate control of their wealth and assets to trustworthy servants. Given the uncertainties of transportation in those days, the return of the master was open ended. The servants knew the resources belonged to the master. They were the possessors but not the owners. Likewise, we need to remember that all we have – our resources, talents, gifts and assets – are entrusted to us but they really belong to God.
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. Matthew 25:14
We are all given different gifts – God is good. He is sovereign and the giver of all good things. In Jesus’ story each servant is given a different number of talents. A talent is a measure of weight and was most commonly used to indicate money. But Biblically, the word goes deeper than just money. It speaks to the gifts and abilities and talents that create wealth and serve humanity. We each receive different gifts. Each gift is useful and important. We are like a body. Each part is critical. Our gifts are not mean to be compared but cultivated.
He gave five bags of silver 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. Matthew 25:15
We must use what we’ve been given – Two of the servants in our story multiplied the master’s resources. One hid it in the ground and took no initiative to bring increase. Our potential is a gift from God to us. What we do with it is our gift to him.
The servant who received the five bags of silver began to invest the money and earned five more. The servant with two bags of silver also went to work and earned two more. But the servant who received the one bag of silver dug a hole in the ground and hid the master’s money. Matthew 25:16-18
Jesus wraps up his story with the return of the master. As the master settles accounts with his servants he celebrates and promotes those who multiplied what they were given. Don’t you want to be like those servants? Don’t you want to invest what you’ve been given in a way that will bring increase to the kingdom of Heaven?
You can do that right here at Shoreline! We have so many opportunities for you to discover, develop and invest your gifts and talents. Visit our volunteer webpage for more information. Complete the register to volunteer form and our staff will be in touch. We would love for you to join the team. And we are honored to provide a means for you to us use what you have while you wait for Jesus’ return.