Matthew 25:26,29-30 NIV
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? 29For 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. 30And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
Jesus is explaining how we go about using the things we are given. Everything is His, and He gives them out according to how He sees fit. Some may be blessed with more or some less, but we are all given things as a test to see how we steward these things. It is scary what Jesus calls the one who does not steward their blessings well. He calls them “wicked” and “lazy.” And in the financial seminar at the Ohana retreat, it is considered sinful to be a bad steward. What we have received is God’s blessing to us, and He wants us to use them and enjoy them, however, the real test is how we choose to invest these things like finances, health, talents, abilities, and time. In what area am I not being a good steward? Am I at risk of being called a “wicked” and “lazy” servant that will only be weeping at the end? Will I regret not being a better steward because I focused not on what God intended, but for my own selfishness?
Honestly looking at what I am NOT stewarding well, I can see it is my finances. I attended the breakout session to learn about being a better financial steward. I felt deeply convicted to be a better steward with my finances, especially this year. Some things that I got from the session:
1)Diversify: “Invest in seven ventures, yes, in eight; you do not know what disaster may come upon the land.” Ecclesiastes 11:2 NIV My money should not be just sitting in a hole in the ground, but being invested in other areas to bring about a profit. This verse not only relates to money but to how we use our resources, abilities, and talents. Are we only focused on ourselves or are we investing them in others to bring about a harvest?
2) Keep track: “Be sure you know the condition of your flocks, give careful attention to your herds;” Proverbs 27:23NIV. By seeing how my money goes out or comes in, I can be attentive to things that could be trouble. At this moment, I am not keeping track of my spending, and although I think I know how much I am spending, the end result shows my inability and wisdom. I need to be wiser in this area. We can also do this for our relationships, time and other resources. So we don’t end up asking “What happened?” when something goes wrong in that area.
Jesus, I want to thank you for allowing me to go to the Ohana retreat and to receive your Word about finances. Thank you for reminding me and reinforcing it through today’s Scripture readings. I ask for your forgiveness for being an unwise steward, and I ask that you guide me with your wisdom through this process. I ask that you bring around people that can give timely advice and a push to keep me on track. I love you and ask this in your name Jesus! Amen!