What if a distant relative left you a billion dollars, but no one ever told you about it? How would you live? Exactly like you’re living now, that’s how. Of course, once you found out about your inheritance, your whole life would change incredibly. You’d be able to pay off your credit cards, buy a house for cash, go on a cruise, help the poor, tithe, support ministries and missionaries. Maybe even build a foster-homes for children. Who knows? Great wealth HAS been left to you. Jesus says that the Kingdom of Heaven is like a rich man who traveled to a far country and before he left, he distributed his goods to his servants. He gave to each of his servants according to their individual ability. Then, he told them to use those riches he gave them to conduct his business while he was gone. Matthew 25:14-29. Who do you think the rich man is in this story? That’s right, Jesus is the rich man and when He went to Heaven, He went to the far country and He has given to His servants and that’s me and you, HIS goods, to conduct His business until He returns.
Romans 12:3 says that He has given to every one of us the measure of faith. Faith from Heaven, faith that’s guaranteed to work, so we can have the power to do as the Master did. 2 Peter 1:3, “according to His divine power He hath given us all things that pertain to life and godliness.” According to your abilities, faith has been given unto you and fruit is expected as a result and like Jesus said in Luke 12:48, “unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall much be required. And whom men have committed much, of him they shall ask the more.” So, according to the Bible, different ones of us have faith to believe God for different things. We have differing gifts and abilities and God has different expectations from us based on the abilities He’s given us and the faith from Heaven He has distributed to us. So, what did the different servants of the Master do? Well, the first servant was given 5 talents or abilities. He used those talents, exercised them, released them, stepped out and multiplied his Master’s influence. Matthew 25:16.
The second servant was only given 2 talents but he did the same thing as the servant who was given 5. He acted on what he was given and brought an increase to his Master’s household. What did the third servant do? The third servant wasn’t like the other two. He only had one talent and not too much was expected of him by the Master. So, what did he do with his one talent? He “went and dug in the earth and his lord’s money.” Matthew 25:18. Why would he do such a thing? What was he thinking about? Well, first of all, he was afraid to use his faith for this reason and he only trusted what he could see, feel or touch. He trusted carnal things and he could see, feel and touch the talent the Lord gave him. So, instead of releasing it, investing it, like he knew His Lord expected him to do, he clung to it. He hid it safely away in the earth and he was what the Bible calls “double minded”. James 1:6-7. Double minded means that a person is torn between two things.
The double minded person knows about walking by faith, but when push comes to shove, he or she walks by sight instead. So, the double minded individual is constantly sowing his or her seed and then after a few days, uprooting it, the person who does that will never have ANY harvest. The first two servants walked by faith and obeyed their Master and they we’re single-minded. They knew what the Master expected of them, so they did it, believing what He had taught them would work and that He would give them an increase. What happened when their Master returned? He called them together to give Him an account for how they spent their time when he was away and they had to give account for what they did with His goods. See, faith is given to you by God so it can PRODUCE fruit in your life. It’s meant to work for you and God wants to see what He has given to you to MULTIPLY. Jesus said in John 15:8, “Herby is my Father glorified, that ye bear MUCH fruit. So shall ye be my disciples.” 1 John 4:17 says, “As He is, so are we in this world.” The first servant was fruitful over little and the Lord made him ruler over much. Matthew 25:23. See, God wants to give you MORE experience, more opportunities to exercise your faith and to step out in obedience and let Him prove Himself strong on your behalf and if you don’t USE your faith, you’ll lose it. Ecclesiastes 2:26 puts it this way. “For God giveth to a man that’s good in His sight wisdom and knowledge and joy. But to the sinner (one who keeps missing the target), He giveth travail (work); to gather and heap up that he may give it to him that is good believe God.”
You have to ACT on your faith or it will never bring the increase. You can’t just sit there year after year and wait for God to do something. God’s waiting for YOU to do something and for years, I was waiting on God to do something and then I found out He was waiting for ME to do something. You have to ACT on your faith and faith without works is dead. What has God commissioned you to do? What has He given you the ability to do? Well, that’s what He’ll require of you when we all stand before Him and give account. You have to step out and DO something, then, God will come to your aid. Maybe it’s teaching a Sunday School class, help children understand how to walk with Jesus in this life, help in the nursery and make church one of the earliest childhood memories. Helping the poor and the downcast, visiting them and supporting those who do visit them. Perhaps, God has given you money that He expects you to sow into His Kingdom. He’s given you riches in this world so that you can use them for Him in order to obtain eternal riches that don’t pass away.
I don’t want to be ashamed at His appearing. When Jesus comes back, I want to be fully confident that I have been faithful to the charge that he has put on my life. I want to “abide (live) in Him, that, when He shall appear, we may have confidence and not be ashamed before Him at His coming.” 1 John 2:28. Let’s commit ourselves to obedience and faithfulness to Jesus. To do all that, He’s put in our hearts, knowing He’s with us according to our hearts. You might not look like much to other people, but to God, God doesn’t see as man seeth. For man looketh at the outward appearance, but God looketh at the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7. God would say to you today, “Do all that’s in thy heart. Turn thee, behold, I am with thee according to thy heart.” 1 Samuel 14:7.
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