Greetings to the Father, Son, Spirit, angels and saints in Christ. Today’s thought is found in Matthew 25: 14-30 and focuses on the interpretation related to the usage of money. I say the use of money based on the language that Jesus used in the parable. The employer distributed money to his chief executive officers, expecting that they would invest and gain returns. He gave the money (talents) to each based on their skills in financial management. Strong’s in blueletter bible.com, says that a talent of silver in Israel weighed about 100 pounds (45 kg), while a talent of gold in Israel weighed about 200 pounds (91 kg). These men had therefore been given a substantial amount of money in the time in which they lived. Mt 25: 26 shows that the managers with the 5 and 2 talents traded with them and gained double (100%) returns. When we hear the word trade, we think of the stock market, Certificates of Deposits, mutual funds etc. What are we doing with our money? How is the church trading its money (or at least some of it?) Do we need to trade? Look at the man with the one talent. He buried it in the ground. Now the ground is a good place to plant something, but the servant needed to translate his talent into something that the ground could use. For example, he could have bought grains of corn, wheat etc and replanted. He might have become wealthier than his counterparts in the long run. It is absolutely important that we get returns on the dollar.

Now while our tithes and offerings are one means of investing, God showed me clearly yesterday that the wealth of the wicked is already waiting for the righteous to inherit. We sit around unaware of the investment power of the few dollars that we have. For example, the US government has grants available for all citizens for all kinds of situations. A search on the web site of the Government of New York State Web will reveal this, for example. The wealth is there waiting to be inherited. These web sites may be a bit difficult to navigate, as I myself found, but there are people who can help us to extrapolate the relevant data, for example Matthew Lesko (lesko.com) and others. Furthermore, we do have the human resources in the churches with the capacity to help members to get unto a stable financial footing. I know that this is the case at LFT, but maybe all of our people need to participate. How do we manage the millions after they come into our hands? If we prepare now, being faithful over the few dollars, God will certainly cause us to enter into the joy of the Lord (wealth unlimited). Is there anyone with information on reliable stocks? Who can interpret the jargon of the stock market? Where can the poorest of the poor invest the small amounts in their hands? It also dawned on me that the man invested in a fruitless place. Many of us are investing in fruitless things like clothing, cars etc, trying to keep up with the Jones’ (are the Jones’ in deep financial debt?). We are so pressured to confirm to the norms of the society that we would rather bury our money in these things that have no return, only to throw them away at the end of the season. God is challenging the body of Christ to change the tide. I am not down playing the power of Jehovah Jireh, but sometimes He does provide and we blindly bury the money in the fruitless ground rather than trading it in for double. God therefore keeps recycling money to us based on our faithfulness in tithing and offering and we keep putting it in the ground. Note too, that we need to invest in places so we cannot readily access the funds for minor reasons. A bank account is too accessible and does not yield as much returns as a Certificate of deposit.

Look at the little boy. I believe that he was actually a believer before he gave up his food (his tithe). Children are very impressionable and that is why they need to see the manifested power of God from the womb, so that they can become free givers of their resources. He must have wormed his way up to the front of the crowd to see Jesus’ miracles and to hear His teachings. He was fixed. If Jesus could work all these miracles, no sweat, here’s my food, Jesus. He must have had a beatific smile on his face as he gave it up. These were his 5 and 2 talents. The disciples who did not care too much for children did not even bother to list him in the credits. They wrote very honestly about their unbelief, but were ovewhelmed by the quiet actions of a lad, as John the beloved called him. Jesus said we must become like little children in order to enter the kingdom of heaven. Jesus, could you please make me like the little boy? I may not have much money to invest, but show me where and how to invest the one precious talent that I have. The Lord just instructed me that the talents were not tithes. They related to salary or income of some sort, so don’t think I am way off target when I talk about stocks, bonds, CDs (fixed deposits in the Caribbean) etc in relation to Mt 25. God bless and see you soon.

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