Luke 19:13b (NLT) …”invest this for me while I am gone.” (Read the verses 11-27 for the full context).
God has gifted each one of us with incredible potential. Use your gifts wisely. Encourage and strengthen the people around you. Serve in selfless ways that reflect the Father’s love. Be a good steward of the life of God within you. Why do some people live so far beneath their potential and “roll up their gifts into a piece of cloth” (vs. 20) and hide them? Do they have no warm, loving relationship with the Father? Do they live in fear of His judgment and say, “I was afraid of you”? The person who perceives God as a condemning, critical tyrant says, “You are a hard man” (NIV). But the person who knows the love of God enjoys investing into others through selfless giving. God has blessed you with life; commit to living it well. At the end of your days, God will reward your faithfulness and say, “Well done” (vs. 17).