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Three Servants

August 27, 2009

three servantsOne day a plantation owner called three of his servants to him.  He gave to each of them a portion of his vast wealth to administer in his behalf.  The first servant was given 4 million dollars.  The second was given 2.5 million dollars and the third was given 1.5 million.  The owner was leaving for an extended trip, and entrusted each of these men the funds necessary to work and increase his property while he was away.  Two of the servants put those resources to work, so that when the owner returned, they had doubled the wealth entrusted to them.  The last servant was fearful of loss and hid his masters possessions.    This man was dealt with harshly, even though he returned to his master everything that had been entrusted to him.  The third servant was chided because of his failure to use the resources as he was supposed to.  He was not merely to hold onto them, he was to increase the master’s wealth through his wise use of the money given to him.  At the very least, he could have put it in an interest bearing savings account and gotten a couple percent interest on the master’s money.  This unfaithful servant failed to rightly work the resources he was given.  He let them lay unused and when the master came back expecting to see some growth in his household because of that servants work, he found instead a lazy servant.  As servants of God, we have been entrusted with vast resources from Him for the increase of His kingdom.  God expects us to take what He has given us and use it for his kingdom.  The greatest work you can do is not the work you accomplish at your job, nor is it in building up a good solid income, nor is it laying aside a comfortable retirement, nor is it even raising decent and respectable kids.  The greatest work you can do is to be busy in the work of the ministry.   James 1:17 tells us that every good and perfect gift comes from God.  All that you have- your house, car, job, savings, investments, talents, skills, abilities and spiritual gifts are all from God.  Not one of them has been given to you so you can merely enjoy them.  All of them have been given to be utilized for the increase of the kingdom of God.   Don’t waste the priceless resources of God on the petty things of this life.  Don’t hide them, or store them up.  Use them to add to God’s plantation.

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