SECRETS OF PROSPERITY #5
Prosperity Secret: Use the gifts God has given you
This fear was illustrated in the parable of the servant who received one lousy talent. Before his lord left for a far country, he entrusted some of his goods to his servants according to their abilities. To one servant he gave five talents, to another servant he gave two talents and to a third servant he gave one talent. In those days, a talent was a valuable silver coin.
When the lord returned, he wanted to know what they had done with their money. He asked the servant to whom he had given five talents, “How did you do with it?” The man said, “I gained five more talents with the five you gave me.”
The lord said, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: Enter thou into the joy of thy lord.”
The second servant reported that he had doubled his talents as well. Then came the poor little guy who had the one talent. He had wrapped his talent in a napkin and buried it in the earth.
The men pulled that one lousy talent out of the ground, took it out of the old moldy napkin and said to his lord, “Here is exactly what you gave to me. I knew that you were a hard man and I was afraid, my lord, at this awesome responsibility. So I took that one talent which you gave me and I hid it in the earth.”
The lord looked at him rather sternly and quizzically. Then he said: “Thou wicked and slothful servant. Take, therefore, that talent from him and give unto him which hath ten talents. For unto everyone that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away that which he hath.”
This parable has been much maligned and much misunderstood. It has been quoted to show that those who don’t have much are going to have less and those who do have are going to have even more. That wasn’t what was meant at all. What the parables show was that the man who had the one talent but didn’t use it had his talent taken away from him.
Don’t ever let anybody fool you about these scriptures, because the secret of prosperity is clearly indicated: use that which thou hast. Do you see the point? It’s a lot different than people say. Over half the people who preach about these scriptures don’t understand their real meaning.
So, by wisely using our gifts from God we multiply them. This does not have to involve money. Money is merely a medium of exchange. This concept can also involve service. It can involve things you do for others. It can involve other people as well as your immediate family.