If you don’t know The Parable of the Gold Bags (Mt 25:14-30), go read it before you read this post!
As Christians, we can read this parable with a puffed-out chest. We look at the uselessness of the servant who was given one bag with the assurance that we would never ruin such a simple task from our master. And so the meaning of this critical parable is lost through the cultural barrier of investments and master-servant relationships.
But how many times have you looked at another’s life and were relieved because you don’t do what they do? It’s so common for Christians to be known for this ‘not doing’ things. A “good” Christian is known for not smoking, drinking, swearing, gambling or whatever the “evil” act is.
At the end of the day, we want Jesus to say ‘Well done good and faithful servant’ (vv.21, 23). We need to be a steward of what God has given us during this time on earth. We need to invest our time, our talents (pun intended), and our resources into the kingdom of God.
And before you wonder what it is you should do, look no further than the Bible. Jesus himself has told us to love God and to love others. He’s called us to be his disciples and to go out and make more. There are so many areas that need attention, just take a look around you.
You can support charities, you can teach kids at church, you can pray for people, you can start a Bible study. I’m just spitting ideas here, but this is how we’re supposed to live in response to our salvation. We need to work out our salvation so that God can work through us according to his will (Phil 2:12-13).
God won’t judge us on what we don’t do, but rather what we do. So please, I know it’s harsh, but don’t be a wicked and lazy servant (vv.26). Do as much as you can with what you’ve got to make a difference.
‘For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.’ Matthew 25:29