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. 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.
Put God’s Wealth to Work
Call it what you want: calling, vocation, talent. Every single one of us has it. No matter who you are! God has given you abilities—more than given them, he’s entrusted them to you. Maybe he’s entrusted a little slice of his knowledge, grace, kindness, encouragement, money, time, energy, or some other piece of his wealth.
And I promise—he’s entrusted it to you. Do you know how I know? Because you’re here. You’re alive. God hasn’t taken you to heaven yet. You’re here to serve because God serves the people of this world through you.
You can do this by sharing the wealth of the gospel: “Jesus loves you. He paid your debt. The Father’s face lights up when he thinks of you because of Jesus’ work for you.”
And you can use God’s gifts in other ways as well, whether it’s your abilities, time, or treasures. You can give a hug, an encouraging text message, a phone call, or a handwritten letter. Or you can simply look someone in the eye and listen to them.
In Jesus’ story today, he uses the illustration of a man who gives bags of gold to his servants. While he’s away, he wants the servants to put that gold to work. In the same way, God has given each of us gifts. And, like the man in Jesus’ story, God wants us to put those gifts to work serving others.
God bless you as you put his wealth to work.
Dear Lord, you’ve blessed every single one of us—including me—with the privilege and responsibility of being the tools with which you love the world. Thank you for entrusting me with that wonderful task. Amen.