Use It or Lose It
I tell you, to all those who have, more will be given; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away.
The parable of the ten minas, or pounds, reminds us that we need to give God thanks for that which we have been given. Not only are we to give thanks, but we are to use which we have been given to the best of our ability and for the benefit of the kingdom. It is the realization that all we have has been given to us by God for the sake of the kingdom. We are to use it for God...or lose it.
It's easy to get caught up into thinking or believing that we are responsible for the creation of our own talents and abilities. As we become successful it's easy to forget that we have been created by God and our skills come from the Father. The abilities we have are not for our own personal benefit, but for the sake of the kingdom.
Let's give thanks to our Creator for all that we have. The good in life is a gift from God. We should never take for granted what we have been given, and we must use all that we have in service of the kingdom. It's easy to overlook the final portion of the parable...the use it or lose it section. Therefore, as we take time to be thankful for what we have, may we also recommit everything in service to Christ and his kingdom.
Lord, I have lived a very blessed life. I am very grateful. Please, help me to live everyday in faithful service to you. Amen.