This past week while listening to different sermons, I listened to three different preachers and they ALL preached on the Parable of the Three Servants. I thought, “Lord, are you trying to tell me something?” So as I meditated on it, I knew immediately that the message definitely applied to my contemplation of a new business venture, but later in the week as I meditated on it more, I realized that it can apply to ALL areas of life.
Let’s look at Matthew 25:14-30 (NLT). In short, one servant was given 5 bags of silver, one was given 2 bags of silver, and one was given only 1 bag of silver. Each servant was given a particular amount according to his own skills and abilities. The master went on a long trip, and when he returned, he took inventory of what each had done with their bags of silver. The one with 5 bags had doubled it and now had a total of 10 bags of silver. The master said to him, “Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!”
The master then assessed what the second servant did with his 2 bags of silver. The second servant had also doubled his silver and now had 4 bags of silver. The master told him the same thing he told the first servant. Then he moved on to the last servant who only had 1 bag of silver.
The last servant had not increased his silver, but had instead buried it, giving an excuse that he was afraid he would lose it. The master responded, “You wicked and lazy servant!” And, “why didn’t you deposit my money in the bank? At least I could have gotten some interest on it.” Then the master took the 1 bag of silver back from the last servant and gave it to the one who had 10 bags of silver. The master explained, “To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.” Then the master ordered that that “useless servant” be cast into darkness.
So, I ask you, ARE YOU USELESS?
Are you “bearing fruit”, that is, are you improving, or gaining increase in your life and using it for God’s kingdom? Or are you hiding, burying yourself where no one can see you, notice you, interact with you? God has given us ALL certain gifts, talents, abilities that we are to make USEFUL in our lives and grow. We are supposed to get more mature, have strong marriages, help our communities, be godly parents to our children, etc.
If God has given you the gift of a spouse, what are YOU doing to make your marriage fruitful? How are you helping your marriage to grow deeper, stronger? Or are you constantly nitpicking, picking arguments, being demanding and unreasonable, backbiting, or being unsubmissive? A fruitful marriage bears fruit–there’s plenty good coming from it that can be used for God’s purpose. A spouse that is NOT fruitful (as in being helpful, supportive, loving, etc.) is useless. Don’t have the skills to be a great spouse? Seek other great spouses and learn from them. Pick up a book and read it. Pray and follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit. There are so many avenues to take (counseling, books, audio trainings, church ministries, etc.) in learning how to be a great spouse. Just pick one and start doing it. Otherwise, you don’t really deserve the gift of the spouse that God has given you, do you?
What about your business? Has God provided you with the funds to start your business but you hide your business amongst your family and friends instead of exposing it to the public? (I’ve been convicted here.) USELESS! Do you have just a little skill and ability? Then get more! Take a class, get training online, read a book, go to a seminar or workshop, then DO what you are taught to DO, without question. You are meant to “let your light shine,” not “hide it under a bushel.” You are meant to mulitply your money, not bury it in a hole. You are meant to be useful, not useless!
And how about your health? Most of us were born in pretty good health. Since becoming adults, what have we done to improve or maintain it? Are we using “life” as an excuse to let our minds and bodies go by the wayside? We have been given the ability to take better care of our health, but do we? When’s the last time you went to the doctor? When’s the last time you read an article or book about a health issue or nutrition? Do you know how much you weigh and what’s healthy for your height and age? Do you know your medical history? Do you know the damage caused by smoking, excessive drinking, or drug use, even if the drugs are prescribed by your doctor if you have one? IGNORANCE IS USELESS! If you are not working to maintain your health if it’s good or improve your health if it’s not so good, then the health you have, such as it is, is USELESS! In speaking with rich people, they all agree that all the money in the world can’t be enjoyed if you don’t have good health. So that says to me, that I can enjoy my life without being financially wealthy, but I cannot enjoy my life without being mentally and physically healthy.
I challenge you to look at all of the areas of your life and ask yourself IS THERE ANY AREA OF MY LIFE WHERE I HAVE BEEN USELESS? Is there any area of my life where I have not been fruitful? Is there any area of my life that is not growing? Is there any area of my life that is not used for God’s glory? Only YOU know the answers to these questions. Get real with yourself because facing the truth of where you are and who you are right now is the only way you can make the changes needed to begin to acquire the skill and use the abilities needed to start to bear fruit and see real growth and improvement in your life. Meditate on the scriptures given today. Get a deeper meaning for your own personal life. Let the Holy Spirit lead you.
And know this: wherever you find that you have been USELESS, God STILL wants to use YOU. It’s not too late to start, start again, or start over. Just get what you need to get and DO what you need to DO. Make a goal to move from useless to useful. Start TODAY.
Also read Mark 11:12-14.
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