Jesus once told a story about a CEO and three employees. Each of them was given an amazing opportunity.
Matthew 25:14-15 – “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. 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. (NIV)
This master would have been the Warren Buffet of his village. He would’ve had a labor force of many more than three servants but he selected these three. This was a staggering amount of money and a once in a lifetime opportunity! The question now is, “What will they do with it?”
Matthew 25:16-18 – The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. (NIV)
The first servant realizes what he’s been given and seizes the moment! He puts the master’s money to work and doubles it. The second servant responds in the same way and doubles the gift entrusted to him. But the third servant took the greatest gift he would ever receive and buried it in the ground.
This part of the story has major implications. First, everybody receives a gift of great value. We’ve all been given gifts, abilities and resources and are expected to invest them wisely. Second, every gift is chosen by the master. You may like your gift or you may not but God knew exactly what he was doing when he created you.
The bottom line is this: God wants you to use what he’s given YOU. The chance to use whatever gift you’ve been given is the opportunity of your lifetime.
Questions to Consider
What gifts, abilities and resources has God entrusted to you?
What are you doing with what he gave you?
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Give the Lord all the days of your lifetime. Pray that he will find you faithfully using your talents, abilities, and gifts for him, whether it’s on the day you go to heaven or the day of his return.