Be Wise In Stewardship
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: A wise follower of Christ overcomes fear and takes measured risks that produce increase. 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.
Affirmation: The grace of God is entirely sufficient, not only to provide gifting to serve but he also gives us the confidence to carry out his will for us.
Reflection: Read the entire parable of the servants in Matthew 25:14-30. Three servants are mentioned in this parable. What one thing seemed to separate the third servant from the other two?
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