Squandered Opportunity

Read

1 Timothy 6:6-7, 17-19 (CEB)
6Actually, godliness is a great source of profit when it is combined with being happy with what you already have. 7We didn’t bring anything into the world and so we can’t take anything out of it:

17Tell people who are rich at this time not to become egotistical and not to place their hope on their finances, which are uncertain. Instead, they need to hope in God, who richly provides everything for our enjoyment. 18Tell them to do good, to be rich in the good things they do, to be generous, and to share with others. 19When they do these things, they will save a treasure for themselves that is a good foundation for the future. That way they can take hold of what is truly life.

Reflect

Jesus tells a parable in Matthew 25:14-30, where a man is going to be away for a long time, so he asks his servants to look after his money while he is gone. He divvies the money among three servants. The first two go out and invest their money, doubling it before the man returns. However, the third is afraid to risk losing the money so he hides it until the man returns.

The man is very pleased with the servants who increased his wealth and promises to put them in charge of even more things. The third servant, he calls lazy and wicked and says that because he squandered this opportunity, he would not be put in charge of the man’s money again.

The point of the parable is that God has blessed us all and expects us to use those blessings to bring about more blessings in the lives of others. We should be careful to not squander opportunities to do so.

Respond

In what ways has God blessed you? How can these blessings be used to be a blessing to others? What might make you afraid to risk your blessings in this way? How can you overcome those fears?

Relate

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