I recently chanced on a friend’s account on my Facebook timeline. I actually had no idea we were Facebook friends so I decided to check out his page. Whiles at it, I saw a shared video that was titled ”Bruised but not broken”. In summary the theme message in the video can be summed up in ‘Romans 8:28’. A woman shared her experience about how life’s circumstances lead her to an unexpected good. (Cliche right?). Well later on that night I had to share a word of exhortation with the members of my church at a prayer meeting then the Lord lead me to a passage; Matthew 25:14-31. ‘The parable of the Talents’. I’ve read this scripture many times and I’m sure most of us have too but He drew my attention to something I had never seen.
” The servant given one talent said ‘Master I KNEW you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow and gathering where you scattered no seed, so I was afraid and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours.’”
We are quite familiar with this parable so I’d go straight to the point. The master asks the servant of the one talent he gave him. (In recent times we can compare the talent to money or a blessing or a gift). But his (servant) immediate response suggested that he KNEW the master and how his master worked and so handled the talent the way he KNEW would ‘please’ the master. It’s often the case with many of us. We have been in places where we feel we know the Lord and how He works and so relate with Him accordingly. We are sometimes in so much control of our lives and the things that come our way that we leave very little room for God to work in and through us. This is how the message bible translates the master’s response to his servant.
”The master was furious. ‘That’s a terrible way to live! It’s criminal to live cautiously like that! If you knew I was after the best, why did you do less than the least?’ Matt 25:26 MSG.
Question here is this ”How well have you put to use the things that God brought your way?” Were you quick to handle them in a way you thought was best for the master? Last Sunday we had a very prominent man in Ghana come preach to us. I was so convicted by the message because in the past weeks the Lord had been teaching me on the theme he preached ”It’s all good because Its all God”. He told us about how he was raised in a little village somewhere in the Volta Region in Ghana. About the many times he had to wrap himself in his mothers cloth to school with barefoot.
He even told us about the times he would have to declare a fast because there really wasn’t much at home. But leaning on God and trusting in His word, the Lord took Him places. Places he had never dreamed of as a young boy. He said ”I do not know how I ended up with the BBC in London and the UN”. I do not know how I currently have close ties with the president of Ghana. See, he allowed himself to be used by God through the waters and the valleys. Through the hard times and the good too.
So here is the message; God is expecting us to lose our grip and control of the things in our lives and the way we perceive Him and so expect Him to work. His thoughts are far different from our thoughts and the way He works is certainly different from the way we work. What has the Lord brought your way recently? Are you embracing the blessing fully or like the servant ‘afraid’ and so decide to ‘keep it in the ground’ safe for the master? There is nothing that we have that we did not receive from God. I always say ‘I do not believe in happenstance’. Everything that happens in our lives happens for a reason and so there is no such thing as mere coincidence (well for us believers). While the Lord takes you on a journey, acknowledge Him in all your ways. We do this by praying and relying on His word. Then He says he will direct our paths. He will show us which way to go.
I am pretty sure that the servant would have put to good use the talent the master gave him if he knew there was going to be a multiplication or increase as a reward. Let us not be like the servant who KNEW His master and how he worked and so handled the blessing in a way he though was pleasing. I can’t over emphasize this. Let us not be too sure to say we KNOW the Lord and the way He works. You want to see increase and multiplication in the things that God has given you? Maximize the ‘little’ He has brought your way. Do not try to keep it ‘safe’ for the master. God is watching how we handle the blessings He brings our way. Why? He multiplies and brings increase based on what we do with it (like he did for the servant with five and two talents). It’s never too late to start what God has placed in your heart. He’d multiply it and make it better. Give God room to work in your life because the way He thinks isn’t the way you think and the way He works certainly isn’t the way you work. Let go and let God.