Matthew 25:14-27 Message “It’s also like a man going off on an extended trip. He called his servants together and delegated responsibilities. To one he gave five thousand dollars, to another two thousand, to a third one thousand, depending on their abilities. Then he left. Right off, the first servant went to work and doubled his master’s investment. The second did the same. But the man with the single thousand dug a hole and carefully buried his master’s money.
“After a long absence, the master of those three servants came back and settled up with them. The one given five thousand dollars showed him how he had doubled his investment. His master commended him: ‘Good work! You did your job well. From now on be my partner.’
“The servant with the two thousand showed how he also had doubled his master’s investment. His master commended him: ‘Good work! You did your job well. From now on be my partner.’
“The servant given one thousand said, ‘Master, I know you have high standards and hate careless ways, that you demand the best and make no allowances for error. I was afraid I might disappoint you, so I found a good hiding place and secured your money. Here it is, safe and sound down to the last cent.’
“The master was furious. ‘That’s a terrible way to live! It’s criminal to live cautiously like that! If you knew I was after the best, why did you do less than the least? The least you could have done would have been to invest the sum with the bankers, where at least I would have gotten a little interest.
“‘Take the thousand and give it to the one who risked the most. And get rid of this “play-it-safe” who won’t go out on a limb. Throw him out into utter darkness.’
This parable speaks of us as Christians who refuse to do what Jesus commissioned us to do. In Mark 16, Jesus said, “These are some of the signs that will accompany believers: They will throw out demons in my name, they will speak in new tongues, they will take snakes in their hands, they will drink poison and not be hurt, they will lay hands on the sick and make them well.”
So what’s controlling you? Fear? Unbelief? Why are you living a powerless and unproductive life when the power of the Holy Spirit is inside of you? Have you been convinced that these things were only for the disciples of old? Have we believed the lies of the enemy of God, rendering us unfruitful?
When Jesus returns, will He find we’ve invested the priceless oil that is in us or buried it in a safe place? Will He know us by our fruit or will we go unrecognized and cast away? Lots of questions today, not meant to be condemning, because these words have challenged me as well. I’m not satisfied to live my life for me any longer. I’m His 100% or not at all. I will not have Him return and not find me doing something with what He’s given me.
Father, what you did for me cost you dearly. I can’t imagine the pain you felt when Jesus died to bridge the gap that sin had caused. Nor can I imagine the pain you feel each day when you see those who believe in you but refuse to walk in the power Jesus gave us when he sent the Holy Spirit. Daily watching as we walk around with our heads down and our teeth in our pockets and our hands in our mouth. I’m so sorry for missed opportunities, unspoken words and lack of action.
“My child, you’re already forgiven because what Jesus did, took care of ALL your sins, past, present and future ones. I set before you an open door, will you go through it? I said I would be with you always, even unto the ends of the earth. Will you believe me? Will you be consumed with the fire of my Spirit and light others ablaze? Trust me to follow with the signs and wonders I promised. I only need your voice, your hands and your feet. Don’t bury your treasure any longer for I have need of you.”