Obtain mastery over what you have instead of obsessing over what you lack. Often our ability can’t maintain the responsibility of the desires our hearts contain. Matthew chapter 25:14-30 teaches us a valuable lesson about being good stewards over what the Lord has entrusted us with. In the parable, there are three servants spoken of. Each received a sum of money from their master.
The first servant was given five talents. A talent is simply a measure of money. The second servant received two talents. The last servant received one talent. The servant who had received five went and traded with it and brought back five more talents. The second servant brought back four talents. Contrary to the other two servants, the last servant digged in the earth and hid the talent he received.
When the master returned to settle his accounts, he called the three servants to see what they had done with his investments. The first two servants were called good & faithful and were invited into the joy of the Lord. They had been faithful over a few things and in return, the Lord told them he’d make them rulers over many things.
The last servant was scorned and called wicked and slothful. He attempted to justify himself by saying that he knew that his master was a severe man who would often reap where he did not sow and that out of fear, he hid the talent so that if nothing else, his master would get back what he invested. His master told him that if this was true he would have been wiser to take the talent to the exchangers to bring back his investment with interest.
In essence, the servant was slothful with what the Lord had entrusted him with. The Lord gives his children gifts of the Spirit and some are not being good stewards with them. Instead of using them for the glory of God, they hide them in the world or use them for self-gain. We could speculate that this servant was covetous of the other two servants who had received more talents to begin with.
Notice that the Lord called both the servant who brought ten and the one who brought four faithful. Although their returns were different in value, their faith with what they were given was equal. Don’t get caught up in looking at what others have. Show God that you can be trusted with a little and if it’s in His will, He will bless with in abundance.