Pr. 18:16: “A man’s gift makes room for him, and brings him before great men.”
While we wait on the Lord’s return we have work to do. We can never forget that ultimately, the work we are called to do is to spread the message of Jesus Christ. God is depending on us to point others to Him.
I was reading the parable of the talents in Mathew 25 this morning. It reminded me that God has entrusted us with resources that He expects us to use to multiply the kingdom. He did not give us resources and salvation so that we can sit comfortably in our happy place and keep it all to ourselves. He expects us to put those resources to work.
That work will look different in a lot of lives. We have all been given different resources so that we can reach a wide range of people. Some will be preachers and pastors. Some will be missionaries in a foreign land. Others will minister to people in prison. Levites will lead the way with music ministry, bringing others into the presence of the Lord.
Others, however, may look more like a mother talking to her children about the Lord day after day, reminding them of God’s love and provision. Some will hand out food in their community, or spread God’s love to those around them by simple actions of kindness or charity. I have watched my own mother approach a cash register to simply purchase a shirt, and before we walked away, both she and the cashier were in tears, hugging and praising God. It could look like that.
Perhaps it’s a Sunday school teacher, faithfully teaching Sunday after Sunday, feeding adults or children with the Word of God. It could be a nursery worker, caring lovingly for a helpless baby while it’s parents are being ministered to. Sometimes it’s a miraculous offering of forgiveness that can only be explained as a gift from God. It could even be a financial giving of resources.
God expects us to use our resources for His kingdom. In the parable of the talents, the man who had given the talents to his servants returned to find out what had been done with them. There was 1 servant who had buried and hid his talent until the master returned. The master was disappointed that the servant had not done anything with it.
One day, Jesus will return. He will look to see how we have used our resources for His kingdom, and He will expect to see some sort of return. We cannot hide our resources or His love away. Others are counting on us. And our work will please the Master.