November 1st, 2018
Don’t Be A Spiritually Unprofitable Servant
Matthew 25:29-30 (KJB) For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. 30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Many good pastors, leaders, teachers, and the like often take these two verses of scripture with an ending point of a well-known parable and tie them into a picture of a man’s financial purity and his proper handling of money.
Don’t get me wrong, the godly use of finances is certainly important to God. However, willingness to spread the gold nugget of Truth by sowing seeds is of greater importance and a good indicator of the state of a spiritual heart condition. Perhaps willingness to tell others about Christ is the best “spiritual test” of a soul. While a godly man should desire to pass both tests “with flying colors” for indicating great spiritual health, failing to pass the gospel message on to the next generation is great spiritual failure indeed.
These divinely inspired verses of an ending to a parable speaking about servants who have been given gold. Some opt to save and multiply the gold, while others choose to bury their portion in the ground for safekeeping and never profit beyond the keeping of their stash. Perhaps, beyond any financial aspect, the application of these verses refers to a man becoming personally spiritually profitable with Truth of God. Rather than opting to bury His message in the sand and turning his spiritual illumination switch to off, he excitedly shares this good news with others.
Armed with the Truth of God, which is far more valuable than gold, a man either chooses to let his spiritual light shine before other men, or he does not. Certainly, a good and faithful servant of God would desire to let his spiritual light shine and to multiply. This natural increase allows for others to hear the Truth and to have it at work in their own heart and life. While those who perhaps were embarrassed or ashamed about shining brightly for God might opt to either ignore the message or hide it exclusively inside his heart, therefore, not allowing it to shine forth in his actions, words, or for sowing seeds for lost and thirsty hearts in this world.
An eternal application of God’s gold (His priceless message of Truth) has a great spiritual impact now and for all eternity. It is a gift that keeps on giving! While a man’s proper handling of gold (or his earthly financial resources) has a limited effect on the spiritual state of a man’s heart. Money and financial transactions are of this world, while the Truth of God transcends the limits of this world. God does not need money to multiply His message for it is supernaturally powerful on its own (Hebrews 4:12) and goes and grows according to His will and way as recorded in Isaiah 55:11).