Few people know that I wrote in the past. I use to write out my thought in email before I knew blogging existed. I would send out a weekly email about thoughts and revelations I would get chewing through the word of God. Needless to say I kept all those emails.
I thought I would share one of the lessons I learnt way back about the 3 servants and their talents.
“Matthew 25:14-30 is a parable that has been marinating in my spirit for quite a while now. The story of the 3 servants and the talents they were given. I’m sure we are all familiar with it and each have our own idea about it. As per usual I’m sharing what the Lord has shared with me.
So the story goes like this:
- One guy gets 5 talents, takes it makes another 5
- Another guy gets 3 talents, takes it makes another 3
- the last guy got 1 talent and kept it till the guy got back.
We have all heard the punch line that follows: If you are faithful with little, God can trust you with much.
Where am I going with this? Well God gave me the idea of a farmer. Look at this like this.
Farmer with 5 seeds (talents). He takes them with the knowledge HE has of farming and plants the seeds. He watches and waters and waits. Consistently working and protecting and persevering through bad weather and pests. After some time, they produce fruit that he can then eat from AND share with others. If he had just kept the seeds, he would get nowhere.
Farmer with 3 seeds (talents). He takes them with the knowledge HE has of farming and plants the seeds. He watches and waters and waits. Consistently working and protecting and persevering through bad weather and pests. After some time they produce fruit that he can then eat from AND share with others. If he had just kept the seeds, he would get nowhere.
Lastly, the farmer with one seed decides that there is too much risk involved in planting the seed. He worries that the weather might damage the plant then the seed would have gone to waste. He worries that the locusts might come and eat the plant, then the seed would have gone to waste. All he is left with is a seed and goes hungry.
Here are some other thoughts to consider:
The seeds(talents) were given, meaning they were never ours to have/keep. People that cross our paths, jobs, houses, gifts etc all seasonal. What we do with it is what counts. I asked God; Why not use 2 people why 3? God then told me that there had to be difference to give HOPE. It didn’t matter if it was 5 or 3, what mattered is both of the first 2 men achieved the same outcome: multiplication.
Our problem: like the last guy, sometimes we too focused on what we can loose and often forget that with GOD we gain so so so so so so so much more. In the bible, it says that the men invested the talents, with the farming picture the seeds were planted. Both give the same idea that what was handed to them had to leave their hands!!!!!
Meaning: GIVE WHAT YOU HAVE TO GOD AND IT WILL MULTIPLY.
The last guy didn’t have wrong intensions on what he did. He had a wrong mindset.!!!
I can seriously go on and on and on. Im jumping out my purple socks here with excitement. I will let that simmer.”
Reading this now, I still bubble over. I have also heard other interesting lessons from the same story from Pastor Kris Vallotton with his Poverty, Riches and Wealth series that I highly recommend.
I hope this gave you some food for thought especially while we still in “ New Years resolutions” space. What are you going to do with what God has given you?