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Use It Or Lose It

Weekly Devotionals

Use It Or Lose It

Matthew 25:14-30

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. 30 And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

The overuse of anything will eventually break that item down due to wear and tear. But ironically, non-use also breaks things down (though not in the same way as over-use). A mind, muscles, skills, talents, material items, electronics, vehicles, buildings, even entire cities! I can hardly think of anything that is exempt or protected from this phenomenon!

We see this to be true in our faith as well. As you have read, the passage for this devotion is from Matthew 25:14-30, a story known as The Parable of the Talents. Though there are a lot of different biblical truths to be gleaned from this passage, one surely deal with the fact that non-use will break down our faith.

As the servants with the 3 and the 5 talents puts their talents to work at once, they were able to double what they had started with. However, the servant with the 1 talent did nothing with what was given to him. And the result??

In short, his non-use did more damage than the servant could have possibly thought or expected.  His non-use “broke-down” everything from his calling, his giftings, his work life as a servant in his Master’s house, not to mention, even and especially his relationship to the Master Himself.

Yes, non-use is a quiet but extremely destructive reality that should not and must not be of the people of God. In every area of our lives, whether we are talking about our skill sets, or our talents, or our minds, or our bodies, or the material items and resources we have, or the many different relationships that God has given to us, as God’s people redeemed and beloved, we certainly have the calling, responsibility and the privilege to serve our Lord both faithfully and proactively, USING ALL that we have for His glory!

And in such, in God’s perfect way and time, we will surely experience the results that God has ordained for this kind of response to the life He has given us; increase and not decrease, growth and not decay, the building up and not the breaking down.

So let us be resolved to live lives that are active for the Lord; lives that put to work at once, all that the Lord has entrusted to us! AMEN!