Don't Dig a Hole
Posted: Tuesday, February 7
Verse of the day:
I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth. Look, here is your money back.’ (Matthew 25:25)
Jesus tells a parable about the Kingdom of Heaven in Matthew 25. He says…
14 “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. 15 He gave five bags of silver to one, two bags of silver to another, and one bag of silver to the last—dividing it in proportion to their abilities. He then left on his trip.
Anyone who is a parent can immediately recognize the mistake the master made. You don’t give different amounts to your kids, you give them all the same! Giving one kid a bigger dessert than the others is a recipe for major conflict!
Isn’t it interesting that when Jesus talks about the Kingdom of Heaven He lets us know that things won’t be fair; that different amounts of talents and opportunities will be given to each of us?
What’s more, the talents are not handed out at random or capriciously. Great thought was given as to whom should receive what. The income, abilities and opportunities you have in your life have been assigned to you with great care and wisdom.
It’s human nature to ask ‘why is life unfair’? When we ask that question, we’re really asking ‘why can’t life be even’; ‘why can’t we all have the same?’ And if you’re not careful, the unevenness of life will cause you to dig a hole. You’ll see others with more talent and opportunity and you’ll say to yourself ‘why even try?’ Or you’ll see that you have more than others and you’ll squander it. If you’re not careful either the lack or abundance of talent will cause you to dig a hole.
If you ask the wrong question you’ll end up with the wrong answer. The question is never ‘why is life unfair?’ Rather, we need to ask ‘what is God hoping I would do with what He’s given me?’