The first two servants in the parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30) used their master’s treasure to invest in a way that when he returned they both had realized a 100% increase. In order to do that, they had to put the principle at risk, they couldn’t just bury the money; they had to use it as capital to leverage more money. That’s the positive lesson Jesus is trying to teach us today.
So when it comes to what God has given you – money, time, abilities, opportunities – are you an undertaker or a risk-taker? Go ahead and attempt great things for God.
WHEN WE INVEST GOD’S GIFT–HE WILL BE PLEASED – One day, we will stand before the Lord and He will ask us to give an account of what we did with the resources that He gave to us. I love the master’s attitude as He commends these faithful servants. And one day, when you stand before the Lord I hope you will hear Jesus say to you those words recorded in Luke 6:23, “Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, for great is your reward in heaven!”
Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones once said “Possibly one of the most devastating things that can happen to us as Christians is that we cease to expect anything to happen. I am not sure but that this is not one of our greatest troubles today. We come to our services and they are orderly, they are nice ‒ we come, we go ‒ and sometimes they are timed almost to the minute, and there it is. But that is not Christianity, my friend. Where is the Lord of glory? Where is the one sitting by the well? Are we expecting him? Do we anticipate this? Are we open to it? Are we aware that we are ever facing this glorious possibility of having the greatest surprise of our life?”
Ephesians 3:20 tells us without any doubt that God ‘is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.’ God is both able and knows what he’s doing better than you or me. It is not that we can do great things for God by ourselves. When we take a risk we might well fail but remember Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through him who strengthens me.”.