Most of us want more of something in our lives. It could be more money, more children, more clothes, more friends, more revelations and so on. However one question you need to ask yourself is; “How well do you use what God has given you?“. Have we used the things we already have well enough to request for more from God?
I want to refer to 3 scriptures in the Bible where Jesus himself taught that it is important to use whatever it is that God has already given us. We all have something that we have already been given, it might be easily more apparent to some than others.
In this parable, three servants were given different quantities of silver by their master who was going away. On his return in v21 he says, “well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount so now I will give you many more responsibilities”. This was said to the two servants who had invested and turned the silver they were initially given into more. The one who didn’t double his silver was thrown out and stripped of what little he had ( verse 29). The master said, “To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away”.
This verse refers to the servant who was put in charge of the household while the master was away. Instead of doing a good job and getting a reward, the servant took it as an opportunity to misbehave by mistreating the people in the household and getting drunk. If the master returns unannounced and unexpectedly, the servant will get no reward and instead be severely punished.
Have we been given some responsibilities? How do we handle or manage them? Instead of only asking for more we should ensure we are doing a good job worthy of a reward. Master in this scripture could refer to God or any earthly person who gives us responsibility in some capacity.
“Well done the King exclaimed. You are a good servant. You have been faithful with the little I entrusted to you so you will be governor of ten cities as your reward”. In this scripture the servants were rewarded according to how they performed on what was initially given. The one who increased ten times, was given reward equal to that. The third servant did not invest or do anything to improve and grow his initial lot; he blamed this inaction on fear of his master. As a result, the little he had was taken away from him and given instead to the servant who had multiplied his initial lot the most. The unproductive servant mumbled and complained saying that the servant who got more already had so much. The king responded in v.26 “To those who use well what they are given even more will be given.”
These are some solid examples in the bible to show that we are meant to improve on what we already have. The bible is not abstract and we should pray for the Holy Spirit to help us understand and apply what we read into our daily lives.
So may we positively and productively use the things that we have, striving daily to improve whatever God has already blessed us with. We can then hope that when we use well what we already have we might then be blessed with more!