Oh how there are so many notes and journal entries scattered along in my brain and then by the time I get to a computer I’ve forgotten half of them LOL. Is this Spring season not crazy busy? Working all week, grocery shopping and laundry on weekends, then squeezing in end of year activities like band concerts, testing, and school photos during the week.
But, before this week comes and goes as fast as all of the others, I do want to log this reminder in my journal before it vanishes into the distant past.
Our church is wrapping up its Marriage Series “Against the Ropes” and just this past Sunday they discussed finances & money which is apparently a leading cause of divorce in the US. It had such great scripture that accompanied it that I’m hoping to journal the entire sermon sooner than later for my “Finances 101” blog aka Money Basics. But for now, I want to at least remember this one in particular reminder because it’s so darn good. I have bolded the words that really hit me personally.
The Words in Red say (Matt 25.1; Matt 25:14-30) “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like …. 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. After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’ His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’ His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’ His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest. ‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’”
Aside from finances, my husband’s oldest son and I had a good talk about this Tuesday night with respect to trustworthiness and ability. In the beginning of the story it says that each servant was entrusted according to his ability. As parents, we are watching each child, learning their strengths and weaknesses, examining their character and making judgment calls based on the abilities of each. To some of our children we give one task, to others we give two, and to others we give five, each based on his or her ability, character and trustworthiness. Likewise, employers do this same thing. They will give each employee a task. The workers who complete the task well are given additional tasks. Eventually, employers learn who they can trust and lean on and they tend to give more and more to those who have proven themselves trustworthy.
At the end of the day, which servant do you want to be? Which servant are you? The one whose work and rewards were multiplied or the one who cannot be trusted with even a small amount. It’s all about stewardship.
Iced tea cheers your way friends.