Stewardship: The Key To Wealth

7 May

Seth: There is a parable in the Bible referred to as the Parable of the Talents. The parable deals with three servants whom were intrusted with money from their master different sums of money (talents) “according to his several ability.” The first was given 5 talents, the second 3 talents, and the third, one talent. While the master was away traveling, the first two by their own efforts doubled their monies. The third man hid his talent in the master’s field and did not increase what he was given. The master returned and was extremely disappointed in the last servant, and gave his money to the first man.

We’re all given something, and some more skill, wisdom, drive, and means than others. But we are all called to value whatever it is we have, and to produce of it. The key is finding your gift. How can you increase that which you don’t know you have?

In terms of wealth, the concept is simple. We all have some kind of money. At the very least, we can invest in savings accounts, treasury notes, stocks and so on. You don’t have to assume great risks to be a good steward. Being a steward simply means that you make the best of what you’re given according to your abilities. It is also your responsibility to do whatever you can to increase your abilities. This means reading books and articles, seeking advice through mentors and partnering with others with similar goals. The moral of the parable, of stewardship can be summed up as “everyone who has who be given more, and he will have an abundance.” If you seek to increase what God has given you, and use it for a good and righteous purpose, he will see fit to reward you accordingly. If, however, you squander what he blessed you with, not only will you not have increased your allotment, that which you do have will be taken from you. And after you have nothing:

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

Note this concept applies to all gifts, not just money. Any talents or abilities you have, any knowledge or ability to learn, any opportunity you’ve be given: make the most of it, and use it to benefit those who have less.

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