Invest Your Life
There is something we all have in common.
We want to leave this planet knowing that we did something significant, that our lives had real value. Don’t we?
Jesus told his followers the story of a man with three servants. He entrusted each of them with a portion of his fortune while he went on a journey. When the man returned, he found that two of his servants had invested the portion they’d been given and were able to show him that they’d made a great return – each of them had doubled the treasure he’d given them.
‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
But the third servant was scared and didn’t invest what he’d been given. Instead, he had hidden it and had only the one portion to return to the man when he returned.
‘You wicked, lazy servant!’
When you read this story, you might feel a stab of conviction. You’ve probably figured out that Jesus isn’t trying to teach us about money here, rather, He’s offering a lesson on investing our lives.
You have been entrusted with a precious treasure: salvation and a close personal friendship with God, of course. But You have also been given a treasure unique to you: a special combination of spiritual gifts, your heart – the things that you care deeply about and love to do, your talents. Your story. This is the treasure of your life.
What have you been doing with your treasure? The reason He’s given you all of that is because He believes in you and trusts you to invest what you’ve been given and multiply it. The potential value of your life is off the charts. So, how do you multiply the treasure you’ve been given? Invest in people. Take everything you’ve been given and use it to make disciples.
You could start by spending some time with a trusted friend or mentor and talk about spiritual gifts. Read 1 Corinthians 12 and pray together, then try to identify the gifts you each have and the gifts you’d like to grow in. Doing this with a friend can help you see yourself more clearly, and give you a chance to be affirmed and get to know him or her better too.