Wednesday Word 7.10.2019
Matthew 25:14-30 New International Version
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.’
Sometimes these parables seem so difficult to really comprehend. What is the whole picture meant to convey? In this story, for example, I kind of felt sorry for the last guy. There have been many times when fear caused me to be paralyzed, to be confused about which way to go. I have often done nothing because I was too afraid to make a choice. For me, this story says to stop wasting the opportunities we’ve been given by God. He lays these pathways at our feet, but we are the ones who must take the first steps. If we are too afraid of what might happen, we will stagnate and never reach the potential God had planned. We would be the buried gold, with no return on God’s investment in us.
“Well done, good and faithful servant.” Oh, how I long to hear that someday! I don’t want to bury the gifts that I’ve been given. I want them to grow and be multiplied for the benefit of those around me and the glory of God. I think that is all part of our reason for being here. The time to get busy is now…something to pray about.
Your sister in Christ, Vicki