[The nobleman] said to him,
“With your own words I shall condemn you,
you wicked servant.
You knew I was a demanding man,
taking up what I did not lay down
and harvesting what I did not plant;
why did you not put my money in a bank?
Then on my return I would have collected it with interest.” (Lk 19:22-23)
Jesus’ parable is an eye-opener for us.
We know that God has blessed us.
We know that God has gifted us.
We know that God has given us many talents.
However, what we often fail to recognize — or, downright refuse to believe — is that God expects us to use those many blessings, gifts, and talents not only for ourselves but for the good of all.
That is how we reap a huge interest from those blessings.
The other thing that we often forget is that we can sadden, displease, or anger God.
God has blessed us richly. When we do not use those blessings for the good of others, God frowns upon us.
Jesus constantly reminded His followers that God was a God of all and that God’s blessings were for all as well.
If we have been blessed, we must share those blessings. The ramifications for not doing so may be dire.
FAITH ACTION: In prayer this day, do the best you can to identify the gifts with which God has blessed you. Then, ask yourself, “Am I using my gifts, my talents, to the best of my ability?”