We will have to give an account for all that has been entrusted to us. When Jesus taught the Parable of Talents, He said, that the one who “had received five talents ‘went at once’ and traded with them and made five talents more. So also he who had the two talents made two more.” (Matthew 25:16,17, emphasis added)
The problem is with the one who thought that his master “reaps where he did not sow and gathers where he had scattered no seed.” (Matthew 25:24)
Unfortunately, this is the attitude carried by many of the people leading unproductive lives. There is this desire to do something worthwhile, but then they also feel or think that something is fundamentally wrong with the Master and His way of doing things. They feel that they have not been given the right responsibility, or that they are stuck up in the wrong place, that they have not been given the required skills for doing the job that is given to them, that their calling is different, etc.
For some of those people making various excuses for themselves think that their opportunity is supposedly in some past situation. They forget that the world has changed and there is no going back to the past, except in our memories. Even if we succeed in re-creating some past situation, we will also have to face the rude shock that it is not the same as we had thought it could be. We can preserve our memories but the situations keep changing. People also change and nobody is the same anymore.
For many others their opportunity is in some other task or place that has not been given to them by providence. They lament saying, “If only….” Then they fail to do justice to the task or responsibilities that are actually entrusted them. They feel that if they land up in that right place they will do it exceedingly well. But, as life teaches us that our dream positions and situations do not come in a platter they are actually the result of much hard-work and persistence.
Be they tasks, or our worth, or gifts, or opportunities – they are given by the Master according to His sovereign will and wisdom. There is no necessity that we will like it or feel convinced and excited about it.
Whether we are convinced or remain unconvinced about our opportunities, we have two options before us:
1. To take up the task at once and make it double.
- To dig up the ground and hide it.
Those hiding their talent(s) can hold on to the hope that they can explain their disappointments to the Master. But the parable of Jesus gives us enough warning to think otherwise.
Convinced or not, we need to just recognize the task entrusted to us today and the potential we carry to double that which has been invested in us by God. To try and do the very best before the sun goes down. Taking one day at a time and pressing on. And without any shadow of doubt, God almighty will open the heavens and bless our efforts and give us the increase. Moreover, Jesus Christ will also reward us in eternity.
So, keep on at it – one day at a time. Do not give up, for your reward is with Him.
Loving your job is wonderful, but it is more important to love your Master and do whatever He asks you to do.