Key Verse: Verse 25 – “And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.”
The word talent means gold or metal. It means in our language money. The unwise servant buried his money rather than investing it for his master’s gain. The principle is clear: we should invest money for God’s gain, not hide money for selfish reasons. Where we spend our money and how we use it tells a lot about our character and relationship with God.
Godfrey Davis, who wrote a biography about the Duke of Wellington, said, “I found an old account ledger that showed how the Duke spent his money. It was a far better clue to what he thought was really important than the reading of his letters or speeches.”
How we handle money reveals much about the depth of our commitment to Christ. That’s why Jesus often talked about money. One-sixth of the gospels, including one out of every three parables, touches on stewardship. Jesus wasn’t a fundraiser. He dealt with money matters because money matters. For some of us, though, it matters too much.
Remember, it’s the love of money that is the root of all evil.
He who doesn’t put God first with his finances is pulling your leg when he sings, “Oh, how I love Jesus.”
What to do:
✞ Remember, the joy of God is worth more than the joy of money.
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