Written By: AnnMarie Alva
When thinking about the character of God, it’s easy to marvel at our Creator. When I think of His mercy and goodness, His wisdom, His loving kindness, His sheer magnitude and much, much more, it’s very humbling to think that we are the apple of His eye. We always rest in the fact that He has our best interest at heart; that His faithfulness to us is unending. Rightly so, can you think of anyone more deserving of our best efforts?
When was the last time you sat down and thought about how much of yourself, of your effort, are you giving to God in return?
“But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.”
(2 Corinthians 9:6)
There is a principle in scripture that states what measure you use will be measured unto you, you reap what you sow, and so forth. How can we short change God? In reality, we only short change ourselves. Regardless of our own faithfulness to God, He is more faithful than what we deserve and He always keeps His end of the bargain. Isn’t our God worth all we have to offer?
In Luke 21:1-4, we see that Jesus honors a poor widow who gave only two mites, but yet it was all that she had, instead of the lofty gifts from those with riches. They gave only a portion when God wants you to trust Him with everything. The principle is not about money or tithe, it’s about giving God your best.
The Parable of the Talents was a lesson taught by Jesus about servants who were given responsibility over money according to their ability, while their master was away. One was given five, another two and the last was given one. The good servants doubled their portions, while the last buried what was given to him in fear it might be stolen.
“But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant…'”
The theme I want to shed light on today is that the “wicked and lazy servant”, did not do the best he could have with what he received. He took for granted the master’s gift and trust, because of fear.
Take a minute, to take an inventory, of all the gifts that God has given you? For me, it’s salvation, mercy, patience, love, forgiveness, peace, provision, refuge, wisdom, my children, my husband, my health, and the list goes on…
When commissioned by the Lord for service, do you drag your feet and do the bare minimum? Are you being cheap in the Name of the Lord? Are you being a wicked and lazy servant? He has given us grace and eternity in heaven. Should we squander it and be cast to the outer darkness? I promise, I’m not trying to scare you, but these are important questions to consider.
The flip side is to double what He has given you. Just like in the parable, their master only gave them according to their ability, God will do the same. Do as much as you are able. Pass on His mercies, love, grace. The Gospel! And when you put your hand to a task in God’s name, do your best! He is worth your best. Be faithful and He will match it! He will surprise you beyond your expectations.
In the parable of the talents, the master praised his dutiful servants:
“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.’”