Bridges are known as structures that carry a road or path over an obstacle or depression in the land such as a valley or river. Bridge of Faith is a place for readers to learn how to walk into and operate in God’s Kingdom Wealth. Maybe you’ve been trying to figure out this “finance thing” on your own and nothing has been working.
For many, you never grew up in a household where you heard positive money conversations. For some, you’re reading this to scale up from what God has already done. Whatever side of the bridge you’re on, understanding financial biblical principles will meet you where you are to develop your spiritual financial well-being before understanding the external financial literacy.
What’s in your Hand?
Scripture Reference: Matthew 25:14-30
It’s so easy to feel like you have “more month than money” after you’ve received your paycheck and paid some or all of your bills. You may find yourself praying that another check will magically appear in your account to hold you over until the next direct deposit. It can become even more frustrating after you’ve read motivating financial books and finally start a financial savings plan only to then experience every emergency possible that eats it all away. Defeated is an understatement of your feelings.
Even in those moments, know that God has already provided your needs. You just need to tap into it spiritually before you see it manifest in the flesh. God has provided us all gifts, talents, or wealth according to our ability to manage it.
Just because a 16-year-old has their license doesn’t mean they are ready to drive the Tesla. How we experience the increase in these areas is totally contingent upon how we spiritually manage the wealth that has already been provided. In the beloved Parable of the Talents, we often hear the story at the surface level. Two servants doubled their talents and one servant placed it in the dirt. But, why did two servants reap a harvest, and one did not? What were the key factors?
1.Recognize that God is the “Source” in “Resource”.
○ The servants were clear about where their talents (money) came from (Matthew 25:14). Never did they declare that their own strength provided their talents. They all knew, whether great or small, their blessing came from their master (God). Do you operate in a manner that only glorifies or blames the natural world for what money or status you have? We must operate internally with gratefulness and joy that ALL things come from our heavenly father (James 1:17). Even when the job isn’t paying the greatest salary, assess the resources available to elevate in your education, experience, etc. to prepare for what God has next for you. There is wealth even in the least areas.
2. Identify the Thief of Joy: Comparison.
○ The servant that received two talents didn’t operate in his blessing any differently than the servant that received five talents (Matthew 25:16-17). He knew that although it was less than his peer, it was still good because it came from the Master. He may have even viewed his peer as a mentor but not as an unhealthy comparison that could lead to jealousy or envy (Galatians 6:4-5). This is part of the deadly viewpoint of the servant with one talent which results in him placing his talent in the dirt. He was looking at areas where his master was already receiving a reward. Too often do we downplay our job title, complain about our salary, or make poor financial decisions because we are thirsting for the presumed wealth and lifestyle of others. You have no idea what that individual or company had to sacrifice to obtain that status. It’s disrespectful to God and His plan for you that you crave someone else’s fingerprint. Focus on what God has given you and prepare for the reward that God has for you. While you’re preparing for your harvest, show up to your workplace with gladness, create and operate your business based on God’s plan, treat your customers with respect, and save and tithe on the level of your capability. Always express with your lips and your physical actions that you are blessed for the opportunities God has provided you in this season.
3. Focus on the Fruit: Swift obedience = God’s Sweet Reward.
○ Just like we have no idea when the next Macy’s sale may be or the window of a cheap real estate opportunity, the servants had no knowledge when
their Master (God) would return for them to give account for what he had
entrusted to them. The majority of them were able to demonstrate how they multiplied their blessing (skills, money, experience) because they moved immediately when they initially received their talents (Matthew 25:16-17). “Went and traded” implies they moved without delay. Have you delayed or are you delaying taking actions that could change your entire family tree? Often it’s fear of losing or the thought that we will always have tomorrow to get started that blocks us from reaping God’s sweet reward. The servants had no idea when their master would return(Matthew 25:19-23) yet most of them were ready. God was pleased and blessed them with a promotion to be ruler over many and to enter the kingdom of the Lord. Might we even say they received more talents to manage and a new place to reside? I would say so. Nonetheless, don’t miss the vital point: this promotion came from them being faithful and grateful over small talents (entry-level). That was the ultimate key to their life of abundance. Not social status, academic degrees, or their following.
4. Insecurity leads to destruction.
○ The servant with only one talent did the complete opposite to the other
servants. His reasoning to his Master is evident of his personal view of not
being worthy or feeling as though his efforts would make any difference
because he didn’t have much (Matthew 25:24-30). The venom of them all,
he was fearful. Fearful that he would make a mistake; unsure if he could
look great in his master’s eyes. Therefore, he played it safe by placing his
talents in the ground. This is equivalent to money we leave in the mattress
by being afraid of the banking intuitions, being scared of losing so we never invest to double our money or opportunities, or avoiding applying to
a school because you just know you could never receive a scholarship.
None of these actions and/or ways of thinking lead to wealth or pleases
God (Matthew 25:26-30). This servant was cast to the outer darkness for
his poor ways.
So, I ask you, what’s in your hand? What has God already provided for you? How are you managing it when you consider the ways of the servants? I encourage you to assess how you’ve been managing the little in preparation for the many and your new residence in God’s Kingdom Wealth.
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