God's Not At Fault, We Are

Parable of the Three Servants

14 “Again, the Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. He called together his servants and entrusted his money to them while he was gone. 15 He gave five bags of silver to one, two bags of silver to another, and one bag of silver to the last—dividing it in proportion to their abilities. He then left on his trip.
16 “The servant who received the five bags of silver began to invest the money and earned five more. 17 The servant with two bags of silver also went to work and earned two more. 18 But the servant who received the one bag of silver dug a hole in the ground and hid the master’s money.
19 “After a long time their master returned from his trip and called them to give an account of how they had used his money. 20 The servant to whom he had entrusted the five bags of silver came forward with five more and said, ‘Master, you gave me five bags of silver to invest, and I have earned five more.’
21 “The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’
22 “The servant who had received the two bags of silver came forward and said, ‘Master, you gave me two bags of silver to invest, and I have earned two more.’
23 “The master said, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!’
24 “Then the servant with the one bag of silver came and said, ‘Master, I knew you were a harsh man, harvesting crops you didn’t plant and gathering crops you didn’t cultivate. 25 I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth. Look, here is your money back.’ 26 “But the master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy servant! If you knew I harvested crops I didn’t plant and gathered crops I didn’t cultivate, 27 why didn’t you deposit my money in the bank? At least I could have gotten some interest on it.’ 28 “Then he ordered, ‘Take the money from this servant, and give it to the one with the ten bags of silver. 29 To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away. 30 Now throw this useless servant into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’



— Matthew 25:14-30

 

There are many people who believe in a world where no social classes exists. A world where the financial economy is evenly distributed amongst people to rid the world of greed and the rich ruling over the poor. Sadly, that won’t happen. The Bible says in Matthew 26:11 “You will always have the poor among you”. Proverbs 22:7 also says, “The rich rule over the poor, and the borrower is slave to the lender.” To get rid of a problem the Bible says will always exists is foolish. So what can we do?

The Word of God is chalk full of scriptures where God leaves it to a person to access success. There has always been something a person must DO in order for God to get behind them. The Parable of the talents is the embodiment of how God works. 

Notice verse 15. God didn't hand out the same amount of bags to everyone. He gave them each a sum of money according to their abilities! Now check out verses 28 and 29, “Then he ordered, ‘Take the money from this servant, and give it to the one with the ten bags of silver.  To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.” Does this sound like a God who’s a communist? Does it sound like He’s a socialist?

People in America are blessed beyond measure. Any kind of poverty here couldn't be staked up against the poverty of other nations. We have the freedom to work regardless of a social status. We have the right to succeed regardless of the religion we practice or the color of our skin. That is NOT the case with many other countries in the world. 

We as Christians in Americans have the responsibility to take care of our brothers and sisters all over the world. The ones who have no power to change their economic status or last names. Our Christian brothers and sisters who are losing their babies to starvation and sickness. Our global families who are banned from working because of their class. It is our responsibility as believers in the Gospel of Jesus Christ to do our part in being a success to be a blessing to those in need. 

If you’re an American, you’ve been given a lot more bags of talents in comparison to those around us. You will be held responsible for what happens in this world. For too long God has been taking the blame for what's happening here. Dying children, sex trafficking, starvation, war,  whatever it is God always takes the blame! But He's not the one to blame! WE ARE! Matthew 18:18 says ""I tell you the truth, whatever you forbid on earth will be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven."  What you allow happens, what you forbid is forbidden, whatever decision you make heaven backs you.  What have you done? Have you done what the Word tell us to do? Have you invited people to church? Have you told someone about Jesus? Have you feed the poor? Clothed the naked? Cared for the sick? Visited those in prison? This is our duty!

 

Is it any wonder Jesus followed the Parable of the Talents with this?

 

Matthew 25:35-40

For I was hungry, and you fed me. I was thirsty, and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger, and you invited me into your home.  I was naked, and you gave me clothing. I was sick, and you cared for me. I was in prison, and you visited me.’

“Then these righteous ones will reply, ‘Lord, when did we ever see you hungry and feed you? Or thirsty and give you something to drink? Or a stranger and show you hospitality? Or naked and give you clothing? When did we ever see you sick or in prison and visit you?’

“And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’

 

Make plans in 2017 to out work everyone in your department. Plan on being a success. Don’t be scared! Tithe. Give offerings. Make plans to be a blessing to those who are truly in need. Commit money on a monthly basis to organizations who feed the hungry (www.feedthehungry.com). Plan a trip to prison…to VISIT those who have no hope. There’s so much incredible need in this world! Take the responsibility upon yourself. We can make an eternal impact! In Jesus name!