‘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. Matthew 25:29
Have you ever been given an assignment either at school or work? Sure you have, we all have at one time or another. A task to do that was needed to complete a project or a report to write that required time and research. I know everyone has been given the assignment at some point in life to study for a test. So, how did that go for you? In my case I’ve done some assignments very well, but others not so much. I suspect that is the case with most people. I think it is fair to say that it would be extremely difficult to find someone who has completed every assignment in their life on time and perfectly.
Today’s reading is again a parable (an earthly story with a heavenly principle) that Jesus told those who were with Him. He told them about a man that was going to be traveling for a while, so he gave to each of his servants (employees) an assignment of talents. One was given five talents to watch over. The second was given two talents and the third was given the assignment to watch over one talent. When the master returned, he found that servants one and two had gone beyond the assignment they were given and doubled their talents. To which the master responds “Well done good and faithful servant.” He was very pleased with their progress, but when he came to the third servant all that person had done was hid what was given to him so no one could take it or use it. The master calls this man a wicked and lazy servant and takes his assignment to watch over a talent and gives it to the one that now has ten talents.
Here is another one of those kingdom of heaven rules that are guaranteed to be successful in this life. Be faithful over little and you will be given more! However, if you are not faithful in the little things, even what you have will be taken away. It is sad that there are some people and even Christian people out there in the world that do not want to increase in responsibilities and commitments. Especially when it come to serving others. Many and I dare say most are happy to live in their own little world with just “me and mine.” They never step into the greater assignments in life because of hiding from their higher calling. Hopefully, no one reading this message falls into that category, but there is a warning in this passage if you do. The master banishes the servant that was afraid and selfish and calls him unprofitable and useless. He throws him into utter darkness of torment and anguish.
Today I want to encourage you to increase in your assignment to multiply your gifts and talents. Wherever you can use them to help others, take that step of faith. Don’t worry about being compensated extra, do it because you are willing to go the extra mile to bless someone. The Lord, who sees what you do in secret will bless you openly. He will increase your opportunities and you will be able to continue to be a good and faithful servant of the most High. If you have buried your gifts in the past, it is not to late to turn this thing around. Surrender your talents today over to your Heavenly Father and ask Him to help you use them in a way that honors and blesses Him and others. He will lead you to the next assignment and you will be able to begin increasing all that He has blessed you with.
Today’s scripture reading: Matthew 25:11-30
14 “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.
15 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.
16 Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents.
17 And likewise he who had received two gained two more also.
18 But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money.
19 After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them.
20 “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.’
21 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.’
22 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.’
23 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.’
24 “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.
25 And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’
26 “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.
27 So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest.
28 Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents.
29 ‘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.
30 And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’