Each day, I devote time to prayer, meditation, and reading the bible. Today, I read the 25th chapter of Matthew and I was touched on so many levels that I decided to share.
As I type this, I’m still in awe. It’s everything I’ve heard before but it means so much more to me now. Jesus told a parable about how a king gave five bags of gold to one man, two to another, and one bag to the last man. The man in which the king bestowed five bags of gold went out and doubled his portions. The man with two bags went out and did the same thing. He returned with four bags of gold. The third man with one bag buried his. When the king returned, the first two men gave the king back his gold and the double portion they had. To which he replied, “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much.” He told the last man to depart from him because he was foolish with what he had given him steward over.
This lets me know that we have a responsibility to share our knowledge and our wealth and whatever else God blesses us with. It is our obligation. What good is it to keep it to ourselves anyway? On the day of judgement, God will reward those who live to serve others and punish those who were selfish.
I watched an interview with Michelle Williams once and she quoted her pastor whom said, “Be good stewards over your time, talents, and treasures.” The word “steward” means to manage, or look after (someone else’s property). I believe this because everything we have comes from God. Nothing we have belongs to us. Just like the kings gave the gold to those three men, God gives us our talents and blessings. It makes no sense for any of us to keep our talents locked away or to not share our blessings with the next man. How can anyone benefit from such selfishness. What pleases God is when we use our talents to bless others. We share the knowledge we’ve acquired to help better ourselves and those around us.
Now, I don’t make resolutions, but after reading this passage, I have set certain goals to accomplish. I will use my talents to help others. Hence, why I am writing this blog. I will continue to volunteer where and when I can. I will constantly strive to look for opportunities to be good to other people. My challenge for you is to do the same.
This passage also reminds me to stay faithful in my tithes. God blessed me with a great job, and regardless of how expensive life can be, I have to pay my tithes. God will continue to increase me if I stay faithful.