Become a Ruler Over Many Things
Are you familiar with The Parable of the Talents Jesus told in Matthew 25:14-29? In it, Jesus talks about three servants who were each given talents by their master and the opportunity to build on what they had received. Contrary to what many believe, the purpose of the parable is not to show how hard we must work for God, but how servants can become “rulers over many things” through the application of God’s grace. And how those who resist grace, as in the case of the servant in the parable who buried the talent given him, end up as losers.
Here are a few very important lessons from The Parable for your benefit:
1. Firstly, we need to recognize that these talents are symbols of the grace of God and all God gives us freely in Christ Jesus. Notice, the servants did not have to work for them. They were given freely to each one. This is to remind us grace is totally free. The blessings of salvation are totally unmerited. Never try to earn them. Learn to simply receive them with gratitude.
2. The second thing to recognize is these talents were extremely valuable. While we cannot be certain how much one talent was worth, it was worth a lot, at least in the thousands, and some interpreters say each may have been worth as much as a million dollars. Grace makes us rich. It bestows upon us everything we will ever need for life and godliness and provides all we need to do God’s will perfectly. Remember, the goodness of God makes rich and he adds no sorrow to it.
3. Thirdly, in giving them these talents, the master was making a huge investment in each of his servants. That is what grace is–God investing in you! Consider how much God has invested in you. Consider all He has done for you and given to you from the day you were born, to preserve your life, to provide for your well-being, to promote your interests, to get you to where you are today. Jesus was an investment. Salvation is an investment. And so are the church, all your pastors, brothers and sisters in Christ, spiritual gifts and the blood. All are huge and costly investments God has made and is still making in you for your good!
4. Fourthly, the talents could be received and employed, or rejected and buried. When two servants received and eagerly employed them, they increased and became more. When the third servant rejected and buried his, he forfeited it. Grace is like that, the more you embrace it, and draw upon it to meet your needs and in the service of your Master, the more it grows and the greater it becomes. But if you reject it, or refuse to rely on it, it will do you no good. If you continue to reject it, the opportunity to use it will one day be gone forever. That would be a sad day, indeed!
5. Lastly, those who received the talents gratefully and eagerly put them to work became “rulers over many things.” Grace turns mere servants into co-rulers with their Master, giving them kingly authority “over many things.”
“For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.” (Romans 5:17 NKJV)
“For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.” (Romans 6:14 NKJV)
Brethren, truly grace turns servants into rulers. Don’t resist it like the one-talent servant did, and lose it. Instead, embrace it, eagerly, freely, thankfully; draw upon it lavishly. God has invested His grace in you, so that by grace, you might live and reign with Him forever. What a good God, what a merciful Master!