God’s Stewards

Lou Lotz

Read: Matthew 25:14-30

To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. (v. 15)

What is it about life that things so often seem to be organized around groups of three? There are three little pigs and three billy goats gruff. Goldilocks encounters three bears. The genie in Aladdin’s lamp grants three wishes. The great pyramids of Egypt that Jesus may well have looked at as a child are giant triangles. Farmers and ranchers build triangles into fence corners. Your pastor preaches three-point sermons. There is one God, yet God is known in three persons—Father, Son, Holy Spirit. It may be that three signifies completeness.

Jesus often organized his parables around groups of three. In the parable of the great banquet (Luke 14:12-24), three guests, one after another, decline the invitation to the banquet. In the parable of the good Samaritan (Luke 10:25-37), three travelers encounter the wounded man lying in the ditch. And here in the parable of the talents, the master entrusts his property to three servants, giving “to each according to his ability.”

Let this truth percolate into your head: you are a steward, a manager of God’s resources. The question is not whether you should be a steward, or whether you want to be a steward. You already are one. The question is, rather, what kind of steward will you be? How are you using, to God’s glory, the resources, great or small, given you? Resolve now to live in such a way that someday the Father will say of you, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” —Lou Lotz

Prayer: Lord, I am yours. Use me.