The scripture for today is Matthew 25:14-30, NIV.
The Parable of the Bags of Gold
14 “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. 15 To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. 16 The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. 17 So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. 18 But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.
19 “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. 20 The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’
21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
22 “The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’
23 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
24 “Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’
26 “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So, you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? 27 Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned, I would have received it back with interest.
28 “‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. 29 For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 30 And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
Each time I read these verses I am more convinced that fear is the enemy of faith. God puts us here on earth to have fulfilled lives and be in relationship with him. Our self-doubt can get in the way of our relationship with God which will then cause us hardship and pain. This parable illustrates the concept that we were put here on earth to live our lives in a full and resourceful manner. There are times when it is appropriate to gather information and to pray for guidance to make an informed decision. After this period though a decision needs to be made. In this parable the servant with one bag of gold to steward made a decision out of fear and by disregarding his instruction to be a good steward not only did he affect his life, but he affected his community. God rewards action because God does not stand still. We as his people are constantly evolving if we are in relationship with him. So, as we live our lives we should strive to be servants to God and grow every day and help God’s community grow in his love.
Let us pray: Heavenly Father please help us to live a full, resourceful, and balanced lives. Help us to conquer our human fears and grow in your love. This we ask for in Jesus name.
Rob Carrothers firstname.lastname@example.org