Making good investments
'Well done, good and faithful servant.' Matthew 25:21 NKJV
Jesus tells the story of three servants who were given talents to invest on behalf of their master. The first two invested well and were rewarded, while the third one buried his talent and lost his job. The first two considered their options, decided to step out and were willing to risk failure. As a result, their boss said, 'Well done, good and faithful servant' (Matthew 25:21 NKJV). The third servant, however, said, 'I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground' (Matthew 25:25 NKJV). He was afraid to use the talent he'd been given and so failed to benefit his master's work.
God doesn't give us gifts so that we can store them away; he gives them to us to use - to show his glory, make the world a better place and bring others closer to him.
In 2 Timothy 1:7 (NCV) it says: 'God did not give us a spirit that makes us afraid but a spirit of power and love and self-control.' Fear is the opposite of faith, and 'without faith it is impossible to please God' (Hebrews 11:6 NIV). So this year let's step out in faith; God won't let us down. Let's take a risk; he won't fail us. Even if we stumble on our way to success, he encourages us to think about the day when we'll hear the words: 'Well done, good and faithful servant!'
So what now? Do you have a gift or skill you've buried or been afraid to use? Think about how you could invest this gift into God's Kingdom.
Soulfood: Isa 4-7 Luke 1:11-25 Ps 90:7-17 Pro 1:5-9,