March 7, 2014 by Chris French
What do you make of the Parable of the Talents in Matthew 25.14-30? Jesus tells this story to emphasize that no one will know when He’s coming back. He’s already told the Parable of the 10 Virgins who hadn’t made adequate preparations for the groom’s arrival so they didn’t get to go with him when he came. He says that we had better prepare ourselves because we don’t know when He’s coming back either and He proceeds to tell this story about 3 servants who were put in charge of different quantities of their master’s money. The first two double the money they were given and here’s where it gets interesting. He congratulated them on a job well done and told them, “You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much.” It seems like Jesus is saying that because these servants did what their master wanted with his money that they would be trusted with more. Interesting…
In Luke 16.1-8 Jesus tells another story about a CFO who made some bad investments. His boss calls him into the office and gives him his two-week notice. The CFO calls up several of the guys who owe his boss large amounts and tells them that he’ll settle their account if they pay 1/2 to 3/4 of their total debt right now thus securing a comfy future for himself with the men he had let off the hook. He had been generous to them and now they would be generous to him. The CFO was to old to dig ditches and to proud to beg so he was very smart with the way he handled money and made some friends who could take care of him. Now Jesus says something that is strikingly like what He told the guys in Matthew 25, “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much….” But this time He adds something. “If then you have not been faithful in the unrighteous wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches.”
It’s pretty clear that the “unrighteous wealth” He’s talking about here is money, but what are the “true riches”? Obviously money doesn’t matter to God, so what does matter to Him? People’s souls, strong faith, bringing honor to Him are all things that matter deeply to God. So what’s He saying? If I’m not faithful with my money why would God trust me with things that are important to Him >>>Tweet This<<<? If I’m not using the money He’s put in my care for His purposes He’s not going to trust me with people’s souls or leadership. He uses money as a practice run or a training ground for us. Money is a test. You pass it by being generous with the church and the needy and overcoming greed. Only then will He trust you with the things that are really important to Him. If you’re trying to deepen your faith and be used in more ways in His kingdom you need to start handling His money the way He wants it to be handled.