He asks you to be faithful

You remember when Jesus told the parable of the talents? Let’s read Matthew 25:14-30 together…

    14 “For it is just like a man about to go on a journey, who called his own slaves and entrusted his possessions to them. 15 To one he gave five talents, to another, two, and to another, one, each according to his own ability; and he went on his journey. 16 Immediately the one who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and gained five more talents. 17 In the same manner the one who had received the two talents gained two more. 18 But he who received the one talent went away, and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.

    19 “Now after a long time the master of those slaves *came and *settled accounts with them. 20 The one who had received the five talents came up and brought five more talents, saying, ‘Master, you entrusted five talents to me. See, I have gained five more talents.’

    21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’

    22 “Also the one who had received the two talents came up and said, ‘Master, you entrusted two talents to me. See, I have gained two more talents.’ 

    23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’

    24 “And the one also who had received the one talent came up and said, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow and gathering where you scattered no seed. 25 And I was afraid, and went away and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is yours.’

    26 “But his master answered and said to him, ‘You wicked, lazy slave, you knew that I reap where I did not sow and gather where I scattered no seed. 27 Then you ought to have put my money in the bank, and on my arrival I would have received my money back with interest. 

    28 Therefore take away the talent from him, and give it to the one who has the ten talents.’ 29 “For to everyone who has, more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away. 30 Throw out the worthless slave into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Whatever resources and finances the Lord has provided to you is always enough.  It is enough because He does not ask you to be successful, he asks you to be faithful (Mother Theresa).  As seen in Jesus’ story of the ten talents, we know that each one is not given the same resources or the same amount.  What is important is that each one is given enough for God’s intended purpose.  [She] is expected to be faithful with what [she] is given.

This means in life and in your ministry, you must be faithful with the portion that you have been given.  You cannot look to your neighbor and say, “Well they have 5 talents, and I have only 2. I need 5 in order to do what God is asking.”  It is not true, comparison is a lie.  God has not asked you to do what your neighbor was given to do.  He promises to give you unlimited access to His resources (2 Pet 1:3) for the job He has called you to.  This means there is no pressure to be successful, you only have to be faithful with what He has given you…knowing He will provide all that you need.   It is all for His glory!

We do not need to worry about meeting a high standard of success.  Let us begin to live as God has created us, each unique and free to be faithful with the resources He has given us — it is always enough!


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