Being a Christian in today’s time can be both a challenging and rewarding experience. On one hand, Christians face a world that is becoming increasingly skeptical of faith and has made it harder to live a life that is fully honoring God. On the other hand, Christians have the opportunity to share their faith more openly and effectively than ever before and implement their faith in practical ways. If you’re reading this, you’re probably wondering how to be a more faithful investor. Here are some lessons to learn from the parable Jesus told His disciples about being faithful servants.
The parable of Matthew 25:14-30, also known as the Parable of the Talents, tells the story of a wealthy master who entrusts his three servants with various amounts of money, called talents. The first two servants invest and double the money, earning praise and reward from their master. The third servant, however, buries the talent in the ground out of fear and laziness, and upon the master’s return, he is punished for being unfaithful and negligent.
There are 3 important lessons we can learn from this parable to be a faithful investor:
Do Not Be Fearful Or Lazy
The parable teaches the importance of using one’s resources wisely and productively, and not squandering them out of fear, laziness, or lack of faith. To truly be faithful servants of Jesus, we must have complete faith in Him and dedicate our lives to serving Him. We should trust that He will keep the promises He has made and eagerly anticipate seeing those come to fruition. As such, we must live and act with absolute faith, knowing that Jesus is returning and He will demand to know how we’ve invested our resources.
Do Not Compare What You Have To Others
Whether it’s with your finances, talents, skills, energy, or time, God has given you a set of resources that He entrusts you with. You have everything you have because it has been given from Heaven (John 3:27). It does not matter if you have a lot, or a little, each person has been given what they are capable of handling. You have to have faith in the little you have to be given more.
Trust In God And Invest Towards His Goals And Purposes
Trusting in God is to be good stewards of the gifts and resources God has given you and actually use them for productive and faithful purposes in your life. Don’t waste your abilities and resources you’ve been entrusted with. We will be held accountable for what’s been entrusted to us and we will be rewarded or punished accordingly.
As a believer, we should have the desire to hear the words, “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.” One day, our master will return and ask us how we’ve invested the finances, talents, and time given to us, and we will have to tell Him exactly what it is we’ve done or didn’t do. If you want to learn how you can invest your finances as a faithful servant, Stonecrop advisors are here to guide you. Reach out to us with any questions you may have at firstname.lastname@example.org.