14 “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. 15 To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag,[a] each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. 16 The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. 17 So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. 18 But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.
19 “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. 20 The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’
21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
22 “The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’
23 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
24 “Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’
26 “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? 27 Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.
28 “‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags.29 For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.
Here's the main idea of this passage- If you're faithful with little, you can be trusted with much. If you're not faithful with little, you can't be trusted with much.
If you have placed your faith in Jesus as your Savior, then he has placed something back into your hands. He has given you time, talent, or treasure. Maybe even all three! What he has given you may not look like a lot to you or to those around you. See, it's not just about how much talent or treasure you have. It's about how well you steward what you have been given; how faithful you are.
Would you line up more with the servants who were given two and five bags of gold, or the servant who was given one? The servant who was given one bag of gold was afraid to take a chance and live by faith, so he just gave up being faithful altogether. The other two took what the Master had given them, and they worked it out. They were faithful.
How can you be faithful to what God has given you today? Is it money? Is it a great spouse? Is it a house full of kids to lead to Jesus? Is it a vision God has placed in your heart? Ask God today how you can be faithful with what He's already given you!
Watch the sermon from Sunday on faith and faithfulness here.