22nd, November 2016
Matthew 25:19 - 21
And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
The scripture above is a portion from the parable of the talent. A certain man was about to go on a journey and decided to leave his servants to run the affairs at home. He gave unto his servants varying amount based on their abilities. The scriptures did not explicitly state that he told them what to do with what was given to them but the wise ones knew exactly what he expected of them. As anticipated, when he returned he calls them to come give account for what he gave to them. The individual he gave five talents had doubled his talents and he was greatly pleased with him. The servant with two talents had also made a hundred percent profit and he was also pleased. Along came the servant who was given just one talent and he presented the exact one talent that was given to him. He had not made a loss or wasted his master’s resource but his master was not pleased. He expected him to have a profit, no matter how little. This servant was unprofitable to him and without batting an eyelid, he dismissed him from service.
Jesus had often spoken of the similarity between stewardship and the kingdom of God but today he was communicating something more than faithfulness, he was introducing the concept of being profit oriented. Thus, we see that the Father expects us to be business minded or profit oriented. We must see our assignments and walk with the Father as a business and must approach it with such mindset. Businesses are set up primarily to make profit as against charity organisations that care very little about profit. No business would continue to exists if it is running at a loss or if its income is always equal to capital. Businesses go to great length to present their products in the most enticing way as possible and are willing to collaborate and pay to get word about their products to the ears of potential customers. Every successful business, though it starts small, works towards and strives to stand on its own such that it can conveniently take care of its bills and expenses from the profits, rather than being ever reliant on its parent body.
The Father commits resources to us because He expects us to multiply them, and not just to use them; and our ability to make profit out of what we have is what qualifies us to receive more. Ask yourself this question, if my walk with the Father were an earthly business establishment, based on my current input, commitment and output would I still be in business? Your salvation is a great resource you have been given, how much profit (souls won) have you made from that? The financial resources the Father commits into your hands; do you just spend them on yourself and helping others or are you also multiplying them? Change your perspective of your Christian walk. Be profit driven. Be business minded!!
I am a man/woman on a mission. I have been sent to be a blessing to my world. I am on earth to do my Fathers business. I shall not just be a faithful steward managing effectively what is given to me. I choose to also be a profitmaking servant. Glory to God!!
2 Corinthians 9: 10 Now he that ministereth seed to the sower both minister bread for your food, and multiply your seed sown, and increase the fruits of your righteousness
Genesis 8: 22 While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, Cold and heat, Winter and summer, And day and night shall not cease.
Extracted from our Daily walk of perfection(December 2016). Get this months devotional at: https://iiconlinestore.biz/index.php?route=product/category&path=68