Updated: Feb 14
“Why didn’t you at least invest the money in securities so I would have gotten a little interest on it?’“Then he said to those standing there, ‘Take the money from him and give it to the servant who doubled my stake.’” (Luke 19:23–24 MESSAGE)
In the Bible there is a parable of known as the parable of the ten talents. This story is found in Luke chapter 19. In summary the story is about a land owner who leaves three servants with money to invest. He gives each slave a days wages to invest. When the master comes back he wants a report about how his slaves invested the money. One slave converted the one day’s wages into ten days of wages. The other slave converted the one to five days worth of wages. However, the individual who received a day’s wages did nothing with it. He just buried it in a handkerchief and wasted the opportunity to at least double the master’s wages.
Here is the interesting part. The bible says that the master took the one day’s wages and gave it to the guy who had the most. See how it reads in the NKJV of the Bible.
““And he said to those who stood by, ‘Take the mina from him, and give it to him who has ten minas.’” (Luke 19:24 NKJV)
Seems strange to not at least give the money to the one who had five, so that person can catch up to the person with ten. Nevertheless, when you read the punch line of the parable it says this;
““For I say to you, that to everyone who has will be given; and from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.” (Luke 19:26 NKJV)
The Spiritual lesson is that we have to take whatever talent we have and use it faithfully, and the Lord will bless it. Can’t waste your talents and do nothing!
Nevertheless there is a practical money principal at play here as well. Picture the person with one day’s wages as a person in debt. The person that doubled his to 5 as the middle class, and the person with 10 as the rich. Remember the one with the least had his taken away and given to the one with the most. Sadly this happens everyday in America.
As a pastor I often see poor folk with the latest gadgets. They have iPhones for every family member that cost thousands. They have big screen tv’s. They have car payments. They have credit card debt. They have student loan debt. In essence they are buried in debt and do not have a plan to get out of debt. That alone is sad enough but what makes it worse is that the money they spend is going to rich people who are debt free. Every time you buy a product your money is going from your hands to the hands of the stock holders. The companies who’s products you are buying are filling the coffers of the investors. That is why I own growth stock mutual funds. That is why I am debt free. I don’t want my hard earned money taken from me to give to the rich. I buy products my growth stock mutual funds invest with.
We need to make wiser decisions with our money and it begins with getting out of debt as quickly as possible. Do not waste your hard earned money to make someone else rich!
If you have questions don’t hesitate to ask here. Take charge of your money!
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P.S. Day 330 please pray for the 7.2 million goal for 2020