One of the most basic principles I see over and over again that is lost on most people is a principle that Jesus taught about investing what is given.
Mark 4:24 and he said to them, “Pay attention to what you hear: with the measure you use, it will be measured to you, and still more will be added to you. 25 For to the one who has, more will be given, and from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.”
I think what Jesus was saying was simple.
Pay attention –> Use what you learn –> When you use what you learn you will be entrusted with more.
He said this in a number of different ways in the gospels. He talked about three different individuals that were given money (talents/minas) by their master. They were told to invest the money while their master was gone. One was given 10, one 5, and one 1. The one with 10 double his money. The one with 5 doubled his money. The one with 1 was fearful and buried his money so not to lose it.
When the master returned he rewarded the two servants who had invested his money and gotten a return on it. He punished the wicked servant who buried his money and the master gave the money to the one who had 10.
This is such a picture of life. Some of us are born with many gifts and abilities some of us are born with few. The focus is not on fairness. Lots of people today want to focus on the fact that some have many talents and some of few. The best question is not how to make everyone equal, but what am I doing with what has been entrusted to me?
When I am faithful with the gifts, talents and knowledge the Lord has given me then He will give me more.
If I take the gifts that I have been given and I don’t use them or I simply get upset because another guy is more gifted than me I waste my gifts and I dishonor the giver of my gifts.
Many people today who want more gifts but have not invested the ones they have. They want more responsibility but have not been faithful with the little responsibility they are given.
If you want to one-day run the company then start by cleaning the toilets.
If you want to preach to 1000’s then start by leading a 6thgrade boys Sunday School Class.
If you want to have a family then start by getting a job and taking care of yourself.
If you want to run a marathon then you better start walking a little more each day.
If you want to be a scholar then spend time reading today.
If you want to have a lot of friends then find someone to be friendly to.
If you want your kids to grow up to be awesome individuals then take time today to teach them something meaningful.
If you want to be a great musician then you must practice everyday.
We all know it takes thousands of bricks to build a home, but homes never get built unless someone starts laying some bricks. If a house builder focuses on the heat, how big the house is, and how few helpers he has then he will never lay bricks.
You will never get to the future that you want if you don’t do now what you are supposed to do.
So many people focused on others that they waste the talent that has been given to them. They have the “what about him” disease. This disease infects us all and over the course of our lives we must learn to eradicate it from our lives. I see it so clearly in my children. If I ask them to clean something up I can expect within a short period of time the question to come from one of them, “what about ____________ they are not doing anything?” To which I always respond, “It is not your job to worry about _____________. It is your job to do what I asked you to do!”
When you worry about others you steal from your ability to do what you have been gifted to do and you bury your talent.
What are you good at?
What do you want to be good at?
Be faithful today to do something today and you will see growth tomorrow.