How are you showing your faithfulness to God?
I’d like to dare you to do something this week. Go and find a glass bottle with an airtight seal, stick a note in it that reads “Whoever finds this message, please return it to me for a reward of a C-Note,” and add your name and the year 2013.
The C-Note stands for $100, (C being the Roman numeral for 100, from the Latin word centum or “Century Note”, it can also be referred to as a “Benjamin,” after Benjamin Franklin, who is pictured on the note…this information courtesy of Wikipedia).
Be sure to put the $100 bill in a place of safekeeping. Then toss the message in a bottle into a moving body of water and wait. Imagine the year is 2023, 2033, 2043, 2053 or 2063 and someone contacts you to collect his or her treasure. Let’s just say it’s the year 2033. Imagine the surprise, shock, and relief you would experience after twenty years of waiting to see if someone would ever come along to contact you.
I’m hopeful you would be glad someone finally found the bottle. I am also concerned you would remember the note you wrote, and, that you kept the $100 bill for this significant occasion. I hope your experiment in generosity would ultimately bear fruit, no matter how long it took. Your test after all was meant to discover someone who would claim the eventual prize.
Read Matthew 25:14-30.
The author of one of the 4 Gospels of Jesus recorded a story about a guy who hid something valuable he had – about 75 pounds of silver. He did so not for reasons of generosity.
The servant in the parable was given the money to invest for his master who was going away for a period of time (Matthew 25:18). He did not, however, have faith in his boss and was not convinced he would return like he said. He could have minimally placed the money in a bank to earn interest for his supervisor. Instead, he chose to dig a hole and bury the silver, attempting to hide it, and hoping one day he could claim it for his own. But we know that’s a mistake, right?
Remember the old rhyme: “Oh what a tangled web we weave when we first practice to deceive.”
What has God given you that you’re hiding away? Your time, talent, gifts, body, history, DNA, and resources are actually His. He has made you a steward of all that He has blessed you with. He wants you to use them faithfully and as you do, you become all that you were created to be. Any attempts to ignore, diminish, suffocate, escape from, or hide what God has put in you as your basic wiring is to try and be less of who you really are.
Make no mistake. Our King and Master Jesus will return one day. Will He find you using and pouring out all that you have for Him and His cause? Or will He find you bottling it up and keeping it buried like the unfaithful servant? What will you about it?
Serve globally. I hope you will yearn for Him to say, “Well done, good and faithful servant” (v 21). Make your life count by being faithful with what God has given you.
Love is a verb,
©2013 by Mike Olejarz