Dec 12 2013
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth … Do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or … what you will wear” (Matthew 6:19-34).
These two ‘do not’ statements uttered by Jesus have troubled Bible readers for centuries. Does ‘Do not store up treasure’ mean we should not save or invest money? Does ‘Do not worry what you will eat’ mean we should not budget for the future?
The Parable of the Talents gives another side to Jesus’ thinking (Matthew 25:14-30). In this parable the master congratulates the servant that invested his five talents of gold saying “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.” But to the servant that did nothing but hide his one talent of gold the master said “You wicked, lazy servant … you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.”
This parable strongly suggests that Jesus expects us to be diligent with any money we have been entrusted with, and that we should even invest some of it so that it gains interest. More