“Good work! You did your job well. From now on be my partner.” Matthew 25:21
Today’s scripture in Matthew is commonly used by pastors to preach about money. In reality, the lesson is not about how a boss, who was going on an extended trip, gave three of his employees a large sum of money to care for while he was gone, but what the employees did with it. When the boss came home and called in the money, two of three had doubled their portion. The third guy had buried his share in the ground for safekeeping—fearful of losing it and his job. The master chastised the third guy for failing to do anything with the money—and did throw him out. The other two became partners in his business.
The parable teaches me that I need to get out of my comfort zone and try to do something to please the Lord. Sometimes I think it would be better to take the books I’ve written for church staff and bury them in a hole than do the marketing it takes to sell them. Likewise, it is hard for me to pick up the phone and call someone who doesn’t go to church and say, “We have a new church service at 8:15 – casual and short – how about coming with me next Sunday?”
Dear Lord, let the parable of the investors give me courage to toss myself into the arena of discomfort. Amen.