MATTHEW 25:14-29 -Again, the Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. He called together his servants and entrusted his money to them while he was gone. He gave five bags of silver to one, two bags of silver to another, and one bag of silver to the last—dividing it in proportion to their abilities. He then left on his trip.
The servant who received the five bags of silver began to invest the money and earned five more. The servant with two bags of silver also went to work and earned two more. But the servant who received the one bag of silver dug a hole in the ground and hid the master’s money.
After a long time their master returned from his trip and called them to give an account of how they had used his money. The servant to whom he had entrusted the five bags of silver came forward with five more and said, ‘Master, you gave me five bags of silver to invest, and I have earned five more.’ The master was full of praise. ‘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 servant who had received the two bags of silver came forward and said, ‘Master, you gave me two bags of silver to invest, and I have earned two more.’ “The master said, ‘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!’
Then the servant with the one bag of silver came and said, ‘Master, I knew you were a harsh man, harvesting crops you didn’t plant and gathering crops you didn’t cultivate. I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth. Look, here is your money back.’ But the master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy servant! If you knew I harvested crops I didn’t plant and gathered crops I didn’t cultivate, why didn’t you deposit my money in the bank? At least I could have gotten some interest on it.’
Then he ordered, ‘Take the money from this servant, and give it to the one with the ten bags of silver. 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.
Each of us have been given a unique set of gifts. We're only responsible to use those gifts that God has given us for His glory.
Using our gifts, our talents, and our resources for His glory removes fear. Neglecting them invites guilt, shame, and regret.
‘Master, I knew you were a harsh man, harvesting crops you didn’t plant and gathering crops you didn’t cultivate. I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth. Look, here is your money back.’ - MATTHEW 25:24-25
When we BRING IT, we can have confidence before God.
ESTHER 3:8-11 - Then Haman approached King Xerxes and said, “There is a certain race of people scattered through all the provinces of your empire who keep themselves separate from everyone else. Their laws are different from those of any other people, and they refuse to obey the laws of the king. So it is not in the king’s interest to let them live. If it please the king, issue a decree that they be destroyed, and I will give 10,000 large sacks of silver to the government administrators to be deposited in the royal treasury.” The king agreed, confirming his decision by removing his signet ring from his finger and giving it to Haman son of Hammedatha the Agagite, the enemy of the Jews. The king said, “The money and the people are both yours to do with as you see fit.”
ESTHER 4:11-17 - “All the king’s officials and even the people in the provinces know that anyone who appears before the king in his inner court without being invited is doomed to die unless the king holds out his gold scepter. And the king has not called for me to come to him for thirty days.” So Hathach gave Esther’s message to Mordecai. Mordecai sent this reply to Esther: “Don’t think for a moment that because you’re in the palace you will escape when all other Jews are killed. If you keep quiet at a time like this, deliverance and relief for the Jews will arise from some other place, but you and your relatives will die. Who knows if perhaps you were made queen for just such a time as this?” Then Esther sent this reply to Mordecai: “Go and gather together all the Jews of Susa and fast for me. Do not eat or drink for three days, night or day. My maids and I will do the same. And then, though it is against the law, I will go in to see the king. If I must die, I must die.” So Mordecai went away and did everything as Esther had ordered him.
Esther decided to BRING IT. She knew what it may cost her. But she knew the cost of doing nothing was greater.
ESTHER 7:1-10 - So the king and Haman went to Queen Esther’s banquet. On this second occasion, while they were drinking wine, the king again said to Esther, “Tell me what you want, Queen Esther. What is your request? I will give it to you, even if it is half the kingdom!” Queen Esther replied, “If I have found favor with the king, and if it pleases the king to grant my request, I ask that my life and the lives of my people will be spared. For my people and I have been sold to those who would kill, slaughter, and annihilate us. If we had merely been sold as slaves, I could remain quiet, for that would be too trivial a matter to warrant disturbing the king.” “Who would do such a thing?” King Xerxes demanded. “Who would be so presumptuous as to touch you?” Esther replied, “This wicked Haman is our adversary and our enemy.” Haman grew pale with fright before the king and queen. Then the king jumped to his feet in a rage and went out into the palace garden. Haman, however, stayed behind to plead for his life with Queen Esther, for he knew that the king intended to kill him. In despair he fell on the couch where Queen Esther was reclining, just as the king was returning from the palace garden. The king exclaimed, “Will he even assault the queen right here in the palace, before my very eyes?” And as soon as the king spoke, his attendants covered Haman’s face, signaling his doom. Then Harbona, one of the king’s eunuchs, said, “Haman has set up a sharpened pole that stands seventy-five feet tall in his own courtyard. He intended to use it to impale Mordecai, the man who saved the king from assassination.” “Then impale Haman on it!” the king ordered. So they impaled Haman on the pole he had set up for Mordecai, and the king’s anger subsided.
When we BRING IT, and allow God to use our gifts, our talents, our resources, He is able to do immeasurably more than anything we could ask or imagine.
But let’s get real about something. You’re not Esther. You’re not a queen, or even a princess—despite what your parents told you. You might not even be pretty enough to win a beauty contest.
So what about you? Are you exempt? Excluded?
Does this kind of stuff only apply to certain people? The religious elite?
MATTHEW 25:14-15 - “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. He called together his servants and entrusted his money to them while he was gone. He gave five bags of silver to one, two bags of silver to another, and one bag of silver to the last—dividing it in proportion to their abilities.”
“God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.” - 1 PETER 4:10
Embracing the responsibility means coming to terms with the reality that you were born for such a time as this. Your life is no accident. And our families, our workplaces, our community, and our world, is waiting for you—and waiting for me—to quit neglecting our responsibility. For us to step up and embrace the responsibility. To BRING IT.
It’s not enough to for us to hold on to our talents, to bury them in the ground and return them to King when He returns. That’s not why you were given them. It’s not why you’ve been left here. Your family, your co-workers, the people God places in your path—your everyday people—are too important.
Esther brought it. Paul brought it. The world is waiting for us to BRING IT today.
You’re not responsible for another person’s calling or talents. But you’re liable for yours.
We gotta BRING IT.
We have to walk it out, even when it feels like a dead end.
Trusting that, “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion.” (Philippians 1:6)
And so we BRING IT, in faith, confident that God will use it for His glory.
HOW TO BRING IT
- Keep praying for your kids. Keep pointing them towards Christ. Continue to train them in the Way that they should go.
- Create margin in your life, and in your schedule, so you can insert yourself into situations where you can help.
- Read Total Money Makeover, download the budget forms off our website, and start budgeting your money. Begin to free up cash so you can invest into Kingdom work.
- Begin looking for ways to use your passions and talents to be a blessing to those around you.
- Invite someone to church. Or out for coffee. And talk about spiritual things.
- Pray—fervently, continuously, corporately.
1 CORINTHIANS 15:58 - “So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.”