Encouragement for your daily walk with God
Jesus was a great story-teller. He used stories to illustrate many things, including kingdom principles. One of my favorite stories is about a man who went on a journey and left his affairs to his servants. It was common in His day. We think of servants that typically do menial tasks, but in those days, servants, in some cases, were educated businessmen. Because of their skill, they could be trusted with the responsibility to watch over someone’s assets, and even conduct business on their behalf. In today’s terms, they had the ancient equivalent of a power of attorney.
The story behind the story is that Jesus is like the businessman who went away and left His servants to invest His assets. As good businessmen, we must make every effort to invest them wisely. The wise Solomon offers this advice:
Send your grain across the seas, and in time, profits will flow back to you [Ecclesiastes 11:1 - NLT].
Plant your seed in the morning and keep busy all afternoon, for you don’t know if profit will come from one activity or another—or maybe both [Ecclesiastes 11:6 - NLT].
The point: Be productive with your life. Utilize your time. Take what the Lord has given to you and invest it for His glory while you wait for Him to return.
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. Matthew 25:14-15