“His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.” Matthew 25:21
A steward is a person whose job is to manage the land and property of another person. I have always been told to be thankful for what I have because the Lord can take it away from you at any moment. I was also taught everything belonged to God. While I knew in my mind this was true, I don’t think I every realized this as a blessing but more of a threat. My perception was more of me working hard for something and if I didn’t “do right” God would come take it away. There was no room for grace in my worldly perception. It’s amazing how much we think we know but when God begins revealing things to us our perception is so far from the truth.
I understand this is Bible study 101 for some and for others it’s a revelation…for me to REALLY understand this, it was a revelation. The Parable of the Talents in Matthew 25:14-30 portrays the stewardship of 3 servants. One servant was given 5 talents, another 2 talents and the third was given 1 talent. The servants who received the 5 talents and the 2 talents worked and doubled their masters goods. The servant who received one talent was fearful and went and buried his talent. So when the master came to settle his accounts with them, 2 were profitable and 1 was not. What do we do with unprofitable things? Would we not withdraw what was ours and put it where it was profitable? “For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. ” Matthew 25:29.
Yes, I have always understood the Lord created the earth. Everything on this earth belongs to Him. However, I can honestly say I never realized my responsibility to take care of these things. Throughout my life I’ve had a little and at other times I’ve had more. For the most part I would say I have always been “thankful” for what I had but did not realize I was not “responsible” for what I had. Usually, when we borrow something we take much better care of it than we would if it belonged to us. On the other hand, if we let someone borrow something and they don’t take care of it we don’t let them borrow it anymore. The more responsible our children are determines the amount of responsiblity we give them.
All of this sounds very rudimentary until we look at it on a grander scale. What we have today, everything we have is a blessing from God. The cars we drive – whether old or new, the jobs we have – whether we like them or not, to the clothes we have on our back God has made a provision for us to have them. When we don’t take care of the “1 talent” the Lord has given us, He will never trust us with 2. The Lord wants to bless us, He wants to give us the Kingdom of God but like a child, we have to learn and not be slothful with what He has provided us. The enemy is constantly in our ear trying to accuse God’s provision as being lack, then he’s at God’s throne accusing us of being unappreciative. When we truly begin to see “our” things and “our” surroundings as belonging to God; we also begin to be thankful for Him allowing us to have them or use them…we begin to see them as the blessings they truly are, we begin to see His grace. – Donna Warren