Again, the Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. He called together his servants and entrusted his money to them while he was gone. He gave five bags of silver to one, two bags of silver to another, and one bag of silver to the last—dividing in proportion to their abilities. He then left on his trip. (Matthew 25:14-25 NLT)
Our Lord has an expectation that in His Kingdom, His servants will invest what He has given them to advance the Kingdom. The Parable of the Good Stewards is really a parable about obedience…
With amazing grace, our God does not expect equal performance from every person. Instead, He recognizes strengths and weaknesses and divides “in proportion to their abilities.” While He does not expect equal performance, He does expect equal obedience…!
As you well know, two of the three servants were obedient—at the level of their abilities—and built the Kingdom for their Master while He was away. The third—though He had the least responsibility of all—wasted what His Lord had given him through disobedience.
To cover his disobedience, this third servant attacked the character of his Master, attempting to deflect his disobedience by demeaning the One who had entrusted him with Kingdom wealth in the first place. It wasn’t a good strategy. Outer darkness with weeping and gnashing of teeth is not a good substitute for simple obedience…!
Clearly, fellow servants, we all appear in this story. While we each are called to different levels of responsibility in the Kingdom, based on our gifting’s and abilities, we are all called to obey the One who is King of the Kingdom!
At the end of the Day, Jesus will not expect that we all brought in the same number of souls, or cast out an equal number of demons, or laid hands on the same number of sick people. He does expect, however, that we obey what he calls us to, rather large or small. He expects us to know Him well enough to not denigrate His character as an excuse for our lazy disobedience…
Everything we have—everything we are—is a gift from our Lord. Whether larger or smaller, what He gives us is of great value, and our eternal pleasure—as well as His—is found in simply doing what He asks of us—to build His Kingdom and push back the gates of hell. The only way to mess this grace up is to refuse to do the simple things the Lord asks—and then to try and blame our disobedience on Him!
None of us are perfect, either in performance or obedience—yet the Lord makes accommodations for our weaknesses! If we choose to obey at the level of our abilities—not judging ourselves against what others have or do, but rather to simply do what the Lord asks of us—we will rule and reign with Him forever and ever!
Obedience is the measure of a good and faithful steward. God has entrusted you with treasure according to your abilities. Do not hide what He has entrusted to you! Do not blame Him for the fact that obedience is sometimes hard. Instead, Trust and Obey, for there is no other way…!