2007-01-31 / Religion

Inspiration

'Invest Wisely'

Do you want your future to be greater than your past? If you invest wisely, it can be. This concept works reasonably well in the financial world, but there is a future that we should be focused on that is of immeasurable and eternal value, yet it cannot be purchased with any amount of money; it is an investment that yields dividends beyond that of any financial market. When we wisely and faithfully invest in the work of God the gifts, talents and abilities that He has entrusted us with, the end result will be a great reward. Christ gives us an illustration of this in Luke 19.

The parable of the ten minas in Luke 19:12-27 is an instructive story about the wise use of our resources and abilities for God's glory. In this illustration it is stated that a certain nobleman gave ten of his servants a sum of money before he went away. He expected them to invest it so that it would show an increase upon his return. As it turned out, some of them achieved what their master expected. But one of them gained nothing, resulting in the displeasure of his master--so much so that he was referred to as "a wicked servant" (verse 22).

While the item entrusted to the servants in this story was money, the idea is much more inclusive--it is a reminder that our time, talents and other abilities should all be invested in the work of God (and, yes, our money too!).

We can faithfully and wholeheartedly use what God has entrusted us with for His honor by understanding God's plan. God's basic plan for us is quite simple: continue the plan and purpose of Christ. He stated His plan and purpose succinctly in Luke 19:10: "For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost" (NIV). That is, Jesus Christ came to deliver sinners from sin and bring them into the joy of God's favor by providing them forgiveness and the gift of everlasting life. Once we become personal recipients of Christ's gift, we are called to become active participants in sharing the message of His gift of eternal life with others. When we surrender to this plan of God, it becomes a joy using whatever He has entrusted us with to fulfill His plan.

We can faithfully and wholeheartedly use what God has entrusted us with for His honor by making sure that we are in the right group. This is not about denominations, status or any other group that we have devised; it is about being in the group that remains faithful and fruitful in God's service.

A reading of this parable reveals that ten servants were reveals that ten servants were

called and given a sum of money to invest. Of the ten, seven of them are not mentioned when the nobleman returned (I choose to refer to them as "missing in action"), one was unfaithful, but two were faithful and were rewarded for it. This is not unlike the church world today--a minority does the majority of the work of Christ. It should be our goal to be in the group that is faithful to God's work and wisely uses what He has entrusted us with to achieve His plan for His Church.

How wisely are you investing for God? Do not hide what He

has entrusted you with. Ask Him has entrusted you with. Ask Him

to help you find avenues to use to help you find avenues to use

your abilities and resources for your abilities and resources for

His eternal purposes. Remember His eternal purposes. Remember

that Christ's purpose on earth was "to seek and to save what was lost." May we all enter into His work.

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