August 30, 2014
After telling a long and heart-rending parable, which tested three people’s thought processes and financial creativity, Jesus left the crowd with a perplexing moral. He said: “For to everyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich; but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.” Mt 25:14-30
From that story, we can come to as many variations in message as the mind can imagine.
Some think that the money, or talents, that the three people were entrusted with, symbolize our (God-given) talents and how we use or do not use them.
Some may take the money literally, meaning, if we don’t take risks, our earnings will never grow. Yet the risk may mean loss as well. Do we enjoy each day as it comes – and let the future worry about itself? Or do we stash every penny away for a paradise retirement, under the principle of “delayed gratification,” only to die before we ever get to enjoy the reward?
Then on the other hand, Jesus may have been talking about the Kingdom, the Gospel message. Do we hold the promise, the love, the joy of Jesus solely within our own hearts, or do we share Him with everyone we meet (evangelization)?
If we have Jesus’ love in our own hearts, to bring us peace and joy, then Jesus tells us that we MUST share that love. Otherwise, eventually we’ll lose Him ourselves, through our own greed or self-preservation. Sometimes sharing Jesus may be a risk. Sometimes the reactions of others may even hurt us. But sometimes we may never see the longer term impact, the miracles His message may have on others, caused by our sharing of this great Gift He has given us. In this case, the giving – of as much as we have to offer – can truly make us rich!
That’s a pretty awesome concept, beloved –
a pretty awesome Truth!
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