27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest.
As Jesus gives some insight into the kingdom he tells an illustration of a master who entrusts three of his servants with his resources. After returning from a journey he goes to settle accounts with them. In verse 27, as the master confronts the servant who did not make a return on the investment, he makes one thing very clear, it is His money, not the servants.
This is the most important part of the story. It was the master’s money. The servants were just given the chance to manage it. When managing if, the options were to trade, invest, hide or spend. In the story, two traded and invested and made more. The third hid it for fear of losing it.
A few things…
-Everything I have has been entrusted to me by the owner. “My”stuff, influence, trust, leadership and relationship aren’t really mine. Everything I have been given authority over belongs to the master.
-My use of these resources are to be ultimately for the master’s gain, not mine. He will bless me if I am faithful, however, all blessings flow from and originate with Him.
-There will be a day when the master “returns home.” When he does, I will have to give an account. May I make decisions today knowing this is true.
May I be faithful with the stuff you have blessed me with. May I live today with the constant reminder that it ultimately isn’t mine.