For those of you that have met me you know that I generally stay pretty busy. This isn’t because I mismanage or am always out messing around. It’s because I work and this summer is no exception to my busy schedule, working two jobs and averaging about 63+ hours each week. Needless to say I don’t find myself on the couch often. When I tell people how much I work I often get asked why? Is it because I love money, I have no friends, or if I am workaholic? So I decided to put my thoughts on “paper” if you will about why I work so much.
Parable of the Talents:
Matthew 25:14-30 is The Parable of the Talents in this story Jesus tells a story of a master who gives talents (money) to three of his servants. In the story two of the servants take the talents and double what they were given. To which their master says, “Well done good and faithful servant” (Matthew 25:23). The third servant however does nothing with what was given to him and simply returns what he was given. Jesus goes onto explain that the master has that servant cast out from among them and the talent he was given was taken away. I don’t want to waste what I have been given so I strive to do more.
Earning the Extra Talents:
Now I know that I cannot earn my way into heaven because of what the Bible says in John 14:6. But I don’t want to sit idly by with what was given to me and not try to make more of it. Especially while I am younger and am not responsible for much yet. Instead I am going to push and give it all that I’ve got. Not only to be a good steward of all that I’ve got but to be an example, to be above reproach like it says about the overseer in Titus 1:7-9. This applies outside of the workplace too. In how I live my life and really everything I do I strive to do this.
Not Taking Advantage of the Talents:
In the words of Macklemore, “Make the money, don’t let the money make you”. Now I don’t agree with Macklemore on most things but I think he hit the hammer on the nail here. You need to make the money not let it define you but I don’t want to stop there. I want to take it to the next step and not just do it for myself. Even if I were to try and do it for myself it wouldn’t last anyways. Instead I do my best to hold to Colossians 3:23, to work for the Lord and not for man.
Although I get exhausted and sometimes want to just stop sometimes I know I can’t. I am not doing this for myself I am doing this to represent something greater. So I will continue to work hard and strive to show His greatness. 1 John 4:4