Be a Good Steward of Your Gifts (#cmdevo #everydaythings)
Read Matthew 25:14-30
Jesus tell many great parables throughout the New Testament which apply to both that time period and our current time. In a parable about a personal investment given to three men by another man, we learn how important it is to be a good steward of the things God gives us. We also learn to use His gifts for His ultimate glory.
In Matthew 25, Jesus talks about a man giving his three servants each different amounts of talent (bags of gold, a common currency). The one who received five talents went out, worked, and received five more talents. The one who received two did the same and his talents doubled in size. But, the one who received one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground to hide his. When the man who distributed the talents to the three men came back, he checked how they did with what he gave them. He was proud of the first two who went out and gained more, but called the one who hid his talent a “wicked and lazy servant”.
Just like the man and his three servants, God gives His children talents and things that are valuable to Him. It is more than how much He invests in you as an individual, it is the fact that God saw that you were the right one to hold a precious gift of His. He doesn’t want you to receive the talent and decide that it’s best if you hide it. Instead, He wants you to go out and be a good steward of the gift He has given you. That could be singing, handling money, making clothes, working with children, creating unique designs, etc; whatever it is, God wants you to shine for His glory. Don’t get caught up in seeing the amount of talents people around you have. Verse 15 says that the man gave according to each individual’s ability. Just because Sally next door has a heart for working with animals, volunteering in a soup kitchen, and makes clothes for kids in need, doesn’t mean that you should stop shining any less! You may have a heart for working with the homeless, or writing, or composing music. Just as God placed those talents in Sally’s heart, He also placed the talent you have in your heart. Both with equal purpose because it is for God’s Kingdom!
So, be encouraged by the fact that whatever God has placed in you is meant to be seen. Ask the Holy Spirit to lead you to be bold and have His overall guidance as you discover your gifts. Be a good steward of the gift(s) He has given you, remembering always that the gift is not yours, it’s the Lord’s.
Devotional Series: Everyday Things by the Color Movement (#cmdevo #everydaythings)