Monday, July 30, 2012
“The man who had received one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground, and hid his master’s money” Matthew 25:18.
In the parable of the tenants we meet a man whose biggest accomplishment was his lack of accomplishment. The only action recorded by this steward was digging a hole and burying what his master entrusted to him. The other two stewards took their talents and worked towards the good of the master’s investment. They didn’t question what they were given, but rather focused on how it could be multiplied.
Everyone has the opportunity to increase the value of the Master’s kingdom with what they have been given. Some of us have been given the experience of grief so that we may increase our gift of compassion and comfort to others. Some of us find ourselves in medically challenging seasons with the opportunities to display the Master’s sustaining grace and provisions. Many times circumstances cause us to dig a hole and bury the experience, thereby walking away from any opportunity to grow God’s kingdom.
God never wastes our adversities and will always provide blessings for others if we are willing to share the journey. Many ministries have been born out of suffering through our testimonies of God’s grace and faithfulness in our storms. The focus of our experience is properly using what God has entrusted to us. ‘In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life…guard what has been entrusted to your care…Grace be with you’ 1 Tim 6:19-21.
When adversity finds its way into our journey, we cannot dig a hole but must use it to invest in the value of God’s kingdom.