20 “So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’ 21 His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ 22 He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’ 23 His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’
24 “Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’
26 “But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. 27 So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. 28 Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents.
29 ‘For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
Life is a Gift. It is a sacred trust from our creator. What we do while we live it, the level that we walk in spiritually, the quality and durability of the investments that we make, are dependent upon our choices.
Life is given by God to be significant. He created us to live with purpose and in His power. God did not place us on this planet to succumb to the neutralizing weight of apathy, fear, or mediocrity.
Life in Christ is an ever growing comprehension of God’s revelation. It is about increase. It is not about just holding on, playing it safe, or merely blending in.
When we view life as a mission of self preservation, rather than opportunity, a never-ending struggle to prevent loss, rather than taking possession of the spoils of a war already won through Jesus The Christ we live small, we live safe, we live largely defeated, and we bury the things that God has placed in our hands to invest in the advancement of the kingdom.
Whatever God has placed in our hands has been entrusted to us for a season and for a reason, and the hand that receives it must be connected to a heart that delights in the opportunity to be faithful, to invest for return.
The scriptures never portray the kingdom of God, in heaven, or on earth, as neutral, dull, deficient, in decline, just holding on, in stalemate, compromising, tentative, or contained. The Kingdom of God is full speed ahead, effulgent, super abundant, ever advancing, ever possessing, victorious, authoritative, decisive, and of whose increase there is no end.
The kingdom mission is not burying the talent, its about faith, its about vision, its about increase and advancement. The Kingdom of God’s greatness never shines less, it always shines more. Love is the universal language of the Kingdom and the blood of Christ is the Divine currency that secures our place in it and finances its mission.