He also informs us of the recognition and rewards (positive or negative) that can be expected as a result of our use or misuse of what He has entrusted to us.
As we apply this parable to our lives we must understand first that all the good gifts we possess (including our time, abilities, treasures, etc.) come from the Lord. James 1:17 says, “Every good and perfect gift comes from the Father above.” Secondly, we must understand that we have all received various gifts, abilities and resources from the Lord. No Christian has ever lived an ungifted, unblessed, un-resourced life. The Bible teaches that we’ve all received from the Lord wonderful gifts and abilities (Romans 12:1-8, 1 Corinthians 12:1-27, 1 Peter 4:10-11), earthly possessions (Proverbs 3:9-10), and supernatural blessings (Ephesians 1:3). Thirdly, we must understand that all that we have (our time, abilities, personalities, possessions, treasures, etc.) have simply been loaned to us by the Lord. Everything we are and have belongs to Him. We are simply stewards of what He has entrusted to us, and the Bible says that “stewards are to be found faithful” (1 Corinthians 4:2). Fourthly, we must understand that God expects us to do something positive and aggressive for His kingdom with the time, talents, treasures and testimonies that He has entrusted to us. Fifthly, we need to understand that the Lord will recognize and reward our industriousness for the kingdom of God – and that He will also recognize and correct us for our laziness or stinginess in regards to what He has entrusted to us.
So let me ask you – what are you doing with what the Lord has entrusted to you? How are you using your time for Him and for others? How are you using your talents (spiritual gifts and God-given abilities) for Him and for others? Are you being faithful to give back to Him a portion (tithes and offerings) of the financial and material resources He has entrusted to you? Are you faithfully sharing your testimony with others of how the Lord has blessed and changed your life?
Daniel Webster (who wrote the USA’s first dictionary) and his brother Zeke were playing around one day, rather than completing the chores that their father had entrusted to them. When their father returned home, he asked, “Zeke, what have you been doing?” Zeke replied, “Nothing Father.” He then asked Daniel, “Daniel, what have you been doing?” Daniel’s reply was a classic: “Helping out Zeke Father.” Lots of Christians are like Zeke and Daniel. They’re doing virtually nothing with the time, talents, treasures and testimonies that the Lord has entrusted to them. Don’t be like that. Remember that the Lord recognizes and justly rewards what we do with what He has entrusted to us!
As you pray today: 1) Thank the Lord for all that He has blessed you with and entrusted to you; 2) Ask the Lord how you can utilize your time, talents, treasures and testimony to bless Him and others; and 3) Commit to the Lord that you will be faithful with all that He has entrusted to you.