Jesus tells the story of three servants who were each given the responsibility to care for a certain part of their master’s wealth. Two of the servants did well and doubled the amount they had been given to invest. The third one failed.
The failure of the third servant was caused by one thing: Fear. Fear of loss will prevent us from investing in the future. This servant was not unwise in other areas and he did not squander the resources he was given; he was just paralyzed with fear.
His own words could be written on his tombstone, “I was afraid.” At the end of our lives, when our master calls us to account for the resources he has invested in us we don’t want our answer to be, “I was afraid.”
A wise servant overcomes fear and takes measured risks that produce increase. Fear drove the third servant to make unwise choices.
God will release us from fear as we step into the arena of service – but we have to make the first step. We should practice thinking positively about God using our efforts to benefit his kingdom. Release your potential by using the resources God has given you.
Prayer: Lord, I know that you are fair and just –yet you are firm and expect faithful service as well. Grant me the heart to be a faithful servant so that your kingdom will advance. In Jesus name, amen.
Message: Fear drove the third servant to make unwise choices. God will release us from fear as we step into the arena of service – but we have to make the first step.
Affirmation: I will not hide the gifts God places in me, but I will use them for His glory.
Reflection: Practice thinking positively about how God uses our efforts to benefit his kingdom. Consider the gifting God has placed in you and whether you have used those gifts in service to him.
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