Friday, 13 August 2021
“Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them” – Matthew 25:14 NIV
“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!” – Matthew 25:21 NIV
I’ve always loved the above parable as it explains very important principles in the Kingdom. We are going to apply one of those principles using finances. In verse 14 it’s very important to realize that the wealth belongs to the master and not the servants (Haggai 2:8). The servants are just stewards and their role is to multiply the master’s wealth. The only vehicle of multiplication in the Kingdom is giving. The faithful servants in the parable took what was given to them and they multiplied it. And when their master came to review their investments they had made a profit on their initial investments. This was very pleasing to the master and they were rewarded for their faithfulness. The servant who did not invest was labeled as lazy. He held on to that which didn’t belong to him, and in the process lost everything. He didn’t understand that he was only a steward. Because of his disobedience, the little he had was taken and given to other servants.
This is exactly like most Christians these days who try to hold on to the “little” that they have and believe by doing this they will eventually have plenty. What they don’t realize is that the only vehicle for multiplying in the Kingdom is giving. It’s not a coincidence that wealthy people who are philanthropists are becoming even richer. Look at Bill Gates and how through the years he’s given away almost his entire wealth yet he is still the second richest man on earth. If we apply the lazy servant’s thought process to Bill’s example he wouldn’t understand, it wouldn’t make sense to him. GOD isn’t unreasonable in that he wouldn’t let you enjoy the fruits of the wealth you will acquire through your faithfulness. The more faithful you are and the more you multiply, the more responsibilities you are given (this translates to more wealth).
“For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.” Matthew 25:29 NIV. The more you try to keep the more it will be taken away, the more you try to give away the more it’s brought back to you. This doesn’t make mathematical sense because to the world this is foolishness. Foolishness is equal to faith, and when we walk in the realm of foolishness/faith this is when we truly walk in the reality of the Kingdom. This is when subtraction equals to more, and addition equals to less. Worldly equations and calculators are obsolete, BODMAS doesn’t add up.
The more you try to keep the more it will be taken away, the more you try to give away the more it’s brought back to you. This doesn’t make mathematical sense because to the world this is foolishness