“For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them.”
– Matthew 25:14
Jesus instructed his disciples not to rejoice in the works they were doing but to rejoice in knowing their names were written in the Book of Life. The Lord tells us the same thing today. This fact should cause us joy! This fact should cause us to live in anticipation of His return! This fact should cause us to be watching and waiting because Jesus said, “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour in which the Son of Man is coming.”
By trade, I am a Financial Advisor and have observed that in many circles today, the parable of the talents has seemed to become nothing more than wise instructions on investing. Massive “Christian” companies have been formed around finances, the principles of compounding interest, and the “Rule of 72.” Parables like this have been used to support the idea as if that is what Jesus meant.
In the financial industry, these rules do work, and they are viewed as wise when applied. However, the effects they sometimes have on the human soul can be damning. Many Christ-followers become so enamored with these principles that it has taken their attention from trusting God to hope in the accumulation of money. Their sole purpose in life changes from investing in the Kingdom of Heaven to investing in their own kingdom here on earth. Retirement for their own future becomes more important than the salvation of others. It has been well said that money is a “great servant but a terrible master.” The Bible tells us you cannot serve God and money, one will take precedence over the other.
It is wise to plan and be prepared. It is far better to rejoice in knowing your name is written in heaven because Jesus is your personal Lord and Savior. Correctly applied, the parable of the talents should cause us to have God’s heart and see the lost saved. These words should cause us the desire to build His kingdom by sharing the gospel with others praying the Lord would compound and double the number of names written in the Lambs Book of Life! When was the last time you put anything away for retirement here on earth? When was the last time you invested in the Kingdom of Heaven by sharing Jesus with someone else?
“The church has known for two thousand years that Jesus is coming again, and yet many believers have become lethargic and drowsy. They are no longer excited about the soon-coming of the Lord. As a result, there is little effective witness given that the Lord is returning.”
– Warren Wiersbe