What would you do with $7,200,000?
There’s a classic parable that Jesus shared of a wealthy master who distributed resources to three of his servants.
It’s as though the master knew the capacity of each one of his servants and he gave them different amounts of money to invest.
To one he gave 5 talents, to another 2 talents, to another 1 talent.
A talent (Ancient Greek τάλαντον, talanton ‘scale’ and ‘balance’) was a unit of weight of approximately 80 pounds (36 kg), and when used as a unit of money, was valued for that weight of silver. As a unit of currency, a talent was worth about 6,000 denarii. A denarius was the usual payment for a day’s labour.
So today if we use the Australian average labourer’s cost of $30 an hour x 40 x 6000, one talent would equate to $7,200,000
The one who received 5 talents equates to $36,000,000
The one who received 2 talents equates to $14,400,000
The one who received 1 talent equates to $7,200,000
It’s interesting how Jesus was never afraid to talk about money and the use of it.
When the master returned from a long trip he called in his three servants and wanted to settle the accounts.
The one who was given $36,000,000, returned $36,000,000 on the master’s investment, giving him back $72,000,000 million.
The one who was given $14,400,000, returned $14,400,000 on the master’s investment, giving him back $28,800,000
Both the first and the second servant returned 100% and obviously the master was pleased, saying to them both “Well done, good and faithful servant, I’m now going to make you both in charge of much, enter into the joy of your master”
The third servant returned exactly what he was given $7,200,000 and the master was furious. The master asked why he had given back exactly what was given him?
The servant’s response was what most people that waste other people’s resources do, they blame the one that gives the opportunity.
The servant called the master harsh and knew that the master had an expectation of a return.
In the modern world, the easiest thing we can do when opportunity is presented on a platter, is do nothing. Like the unfaithful servant in the parable, they can’t see past their own slave mentality and expect someone else to foot the bill for them.
What a slave mentality fails to see,
When get have a job to do, turning up is not enough. We must show a return for the opportunity we have.
If we don’t show a significant return, what we do have, if it’s not invested, we will lose it.
Be it a marriage, family, friendships, business opportunities, mental health, physical health..
On the positive side, we have a law working for us if we are not afraid to invest our lives into everything wholesome, expect 100% return.
I hope you’re not wasting what God has given you.
I hope you’re not blaming others and hiding your ability.
I hope you’re not looking for an excuse why you can’t.
This is the day that the lord has made, we will rejoice and be glad in it.
For me to be that confident to declare that ‘All things work out for good’, I’d have to have resources and references far greater than anything this world can offer.
At the young age of 58, I’ve had the privilege of bypassing real tragedy 🎭 even though I’ve felt like I went to the edge a few times.
When I compare my story to others, especially my parents, my life has been a walk in the park.
Why is it in the western world especially, the rate of suicide is growing, mental illness and a sense of hopelessness is at an all time high?
We’ve never been richer, smarter or have freedoms greater than any point in history.
All things don’t feel like they work together for so many.
When life is all about reaching a destination, be it a goal, a place, a kindred community, life becomes a huge roller coaster leading nowhere.
Everything becomes so temporal, we grasp at straws to find meaning.
We reach a destination, such as a goal, place or kindred community that we dreamt about only find our misery comes with us.
Jesus said “I have come to give you life in abundance” His promise wasn’t to grant us our wishes, but to illuminate our heart to a better way.
When we place our trust in Jesus, we then can claim the resources He has to offer to make such a ridiculous statement like “All things work together for good”
My hope is not in my positivity, my hope is in the one who created the universe. Who sees all my struggles and allows me to lean on him.
Our own confidence and get go spirit can only deliver so much in life. We all run out of steam.
Activating that new life that Jesus offers goes way beyond just having a great attitude. Jesus promises to come in to any life and fill them with enthusiasm for even the most mundane things.
If you don’t believe me, try praying 🙏 to Jesus with real sincerity in the privacy of your own bedroom and see what happens.
I’ll let Jesus answer fir himself.
Have an awesome day.
Remember that moment you swung on the monkey bars at the playground and discovered flow?
Yes, it was nerve racking at first until you let go to grab onto the next bar. From there it was all about trying to stretch yourself to see how far you could swing. Our whole body got involved and we learned fast how to listen to our body to make this happen.
WHAT HAPPENED NEXT IS TRAGIC?
You got too old for the monkey bars and everything got too serious. Flow started to get restricted 🚫 and everything had to be calculated to the point of inaction. Where’s the fun in that?
The monkey bars were a brilliant tool to calculate risk, take shots and reasonably assess the next step to succeed. Failure was part of discovery 💡.
Activating faith in every situation is a God given gift. God allows us to jump in certain directions with a reasonable risk so you can reach levels you’ve never reached before.
The classic story of Jesus walking on water and freaking out his disciples while they are in a boat during a storm. This is a monkey bar opportunity for Peter. Peter is seeing his teacher and master walking against nature on the water. Peter instantly bids Jesus for the ability to do the same thing and he steps out of the boat to discover a flow he couldn’t even dream of.
We often limit ourselves as we get older and we prefer to ride out storms in the safety of what we create (Like a boat).
Walking on water doesn’t seem natural, neither does swinging on monkey bars!!
Don’t become so serious about everything in life that you forget to take a faith adventure every now and again.
The joy of a restored marriage
The joy of seeing our children find their purpose in life
The joy of creating a unique business
The joy of being a vessel in changing toxic cultures
The joy of liking who you see in the mirror and experiencing peace rather than hearing a constant negative voice in your head
I pray 🙏 you have a great day and loosen your grip by letting go and taking a leap of faith in a wholesome adventure.