Stewardship: Parable of the Talents
Remember the Parable of the Talents?
There were three servants. One was given five talents, one was given two, and one just a single talent. All three were evaluated on their stewardship of what they had. This parable is about the heart of all people, rich or poor, when it comes to money and possessions. A key responsibility for stewards is to multiply resources. The servants were rewarded for their work and multiplication of what the Lord had provided. We will be too. The faithful heard the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of your master.” In other words: “You’ve made me happy. I’m thrilled. You’ve done it right.” I marvel at the thought that God would be pleased with the multiplication of what He’s given us! This is in contrast to the doomsayers of the world. They view the Earth as overpopulated with greedy consumers of its resources. They fail to understand that God created people to be producers. Through diligent work, we produce more than we use, granting us the privilege to become givers.
Matthew 5:5 offers this promise, “The meek shall inherit the earth.” He will reward for all eternity those who are conformed into His image. This can be applied to our use of money. We’re to provide for our families, but we must overcome our selfish desires and commit to use all we have for God’s purposes. Then, we’ll be trusted with eternal, God-honoring positions of responsibility. His stewards will be the workforce of Heaven. He’ll put faithful stewards in charge of cities, and they’ll be His managers.
Now poor management can lead to credit card debt. If you’re struggling to make payments, I recommend Christian Credit Counselors. For more information call the Crown Helpline at 800-722-1976 or visit online at crown.org/ccc.