“That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet.” – Emily Dickinson
The truth that we have but one life creates in us a desire to live that life well. Many people believe that those of us who don’t do our best in this fleeting life just don’t care. But really the culprit of living below God’s best standard is because of two interlinking and deadly culprits.
Jesus told a parable of The Talents: This story is about three men who were given talents (a bag of gold) to invest. They thought they were investing this money for their boss, but what they didn’t know is that they would be personally rewarded for their investments.
The boss gave the first man 5 talents, the second man 2 talents and the third man 1 talent — each according to his ability.
The 5-talent man doubled his investments, giving his boss 10 talents in return. The boss rewarded this man by making him ruler over much.
The 2-talent man also doubled his investments, giving his boss 4 talents in return. The boss rewarded this man by making him ruler over much.
The 1-talent man had an unhealthy view of his boss, which caused him to have fear in his investments. Instead of investing his talent, he buried it, giving his boss the exact amount that had been entrusted him in the first place. The boss did not reward this man. In fact, the talent that was entrusted to him was taken away and given to someone else. The 1-talent man’s unhealthy view of his boss and his fear in his investments caused him to be lazy with his talent.
If we find ourselves at a place where we feel lazy or indifferent in an area of our lives, we can blame two, interlinking culprits: We have an unhealthy view of God in our area of investments. And because of this view, we have created fear that has caused us to give up and bury our “talents.”
The only solution then remains is that we must lean into God and invest into our relationship with Him. For some reason, our viewpoint in a certain area has been damaged. We must pray, read God’s Word and absorb other Christian materials that help clean up our unhealthy view. Only then will the fear we carry be replaced with faith, and we can finally invest the talents that God is waiting on us to multiply!
“His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord’” (Matthew 25.23 NKJV).