Daily we experience advertising in multiple forms of media encouraging us to invest wisely through various forms of insurance, IRAs, mutual funds, buying, selling, trading, investing in gold, silver, or diamonds, or even letting someone manage our wealth for us! While there are certainly wise financial decisions that must be made in life, I believe it is important that we understand God’s investment principles first and foremost if our homes would be established, or made secure.
While God is our source of provision he also expects us to be good stewards of that provision. In Matthew 25:14-29 Jesus teaches as he tells the story of three servants. There was a man going on a trip, and he called his servants and gave each of them some talents, or money, to invest for him while he was gone. He gave varying amounts based on their abilities. One was given five talents, one two talents, and one was given only one talent. The servants with five and two talents went to work immediately and invested their talents doubling them before their master’s return! The servant with only one talent went to dig a hole in the ground to bury that one talent for safe keeping.
After a time their master returned and asked for an account of how they had managed the talents that had been entrusted to them. The first servant was happy to report that he had doubled his five talents and likewise, the servant given two talents reported to have doubled his as well. To each of these servants the master replied, “Well done! You have been faithful with a little, I am going to give you much more!”
The servant who had been given one talent came saying, “I knew you were a hard man, and I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it and kept it safe for you. Here it is.” The master was angry, calling this man a lazy and wicked servant! He took the one talent from that servant and gave it to the man with ten talents.
“To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and
they will have an abundance. But from those who are unfaithful,
even what little they have will be taken away.” Matthew 25:29
Now is the perfect time to stop and ask, “Am I being faithful with all that God has given me? If I was called to give an account today, what would he say to me? Would he want to give me more or take away what I have?”
Think for a moment about the place that you live. Look at your house as a talent that God has blessed you with. Maybe you only have what you would consider a one talent house, small, a fixer upper, an apartment, or even just a room to call your own. You may consider your house a two talent house, nice but average. Or you might have what you or others would consider a five talent house. Whatever the valuation of your house, that roof over your head is God’s provision for you, and this illustration from the Bible is God’s instruction for us. How are you investing in the place that your live?
Consider the following questions for reflection:
- Do you consider your home a gift from the Lord?
- How are you taking care of it?
- Is your home a place that renews and refreshes you to go out and fulfill your mission each day?
- Are you living according to God’s principles in your home?
- Is your home filled with love for those who live there with you?
- Are you showing hospitality by sharing your home with family, friends, and neighbors?
- How would you feel if Jesus showed up as a guest at your house today? Would he be welcome in every room?
Our purpose in life is to bring glory to God in all that we say and do, and we do that best when we are investing everything he has given us for that purpose. I believe our homes are a great gift from God. The home is the heart of the family and a tool for ministry to others. Is there a way that you could increase your investment in your home beginning today?
All that you have, your talents, your abilities, and your possessions are gifts that God has blessed you with, and he expects you in return to invest these wisely. The first two servants in the story had faith and invested what they had been given with confidence. Notice that the last servant said that he was ‘afraid’. Because of his fear, he had no confidence! Fear is the opposite of faith and will rob you of blessings that God has in store for you and for others in your life.
Invest all that you have been given with faith knowing that God loves your and wants the best for you.
I want to encourage you today to put your faith in God, understand his investment principles, and invest wisely in your home that it may be established and used for his glory! Don’t settle for anything less than God’s best!
Love and Blessings,