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.15He 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.
16“The servant who received the five bags of silver began to invest the money and earned five more.17The servant with two bags of silver also went to work and earned two more.18But 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.20The 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.’
21“The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’
22“The servant who had received the two bags of silver came forward and said, ‘Master, you gave me two bags of silver to invest, and I have earned two more.’
23“The master said, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’
24“Then the servant with the one bag of silver came and said, ‘Master, I knew you were a harsh man, harvesting crops you didn’t plant and gathering crops you didn’t cultivate.25I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth. Look, here is your money back.’
26“But the master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy servant! If you knew I harvested crops I didn’t plant and gathered crops I didn’t cultivate,27why didn’t you deposit my money in the bank? At least I could have gotten some interest on it.’
28“Then he ordered, ‘Take the money from this servant, and give it to the one with the ten bags of silver.29To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.30Now throw this useless servant into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
This is great story Jesus tells. First lets look at what he wants. He trust his servants with his treasure. The Lord does that with us. Everything is his. We all need to remember it isn’t our house, or our car, or our money, or our retirement, or our time, or our energy, or our …life! It is God’s and he has given it to us to take care of for a while. God has entrusted us with something that is valuable to him. He wants us to use what he has given to produce more treasure for him, and we all know what God really tresures. And when we use what God gives us, he wants to celebrate! Yes joy and celebration is what God wants for us. God is a partier!
Then we have the servant who doesn’t make it to the party. What happened? Was he in over his head? No, it says God gave to them each according to their ability. No, it appears the servant was AFRAID. How many times does the Lord command us to not be afraid. He was afraid of losing what he had, when in reality, even that was not his! So it is with us. I shudder to think how many things I did not accomplish with God because I was afraid. Will there be souls in hell that might not have been there if I had acted more boldly?
Fear will keep us out of the party!
Lord, help me to trust in you and truly be not afraid. Help me value the people and things in my life as You do, and see them all as Yours. Help me be a good and faithful servant who gives You a return on the wonderful blessings You have given me. Beginner’s Online Bible Study *obbs*