Matthew 25:28-30 "Then he ordered, 'Take the money from this servant, and give it to the one with ten bags of silver. To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they do will be taken away. Now throw this useless servant into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'"
I urge you to read Matthew 25:14-30. It is the parable of the 3 servants who were all given money to watch over while their master was away. The first two, each given different amounts doubled their money. Another words they used their money wisely. The did with their money the things that would please their master. When their master returned he was pleased that they had used their money to make more money. So pleased he gave them more responsibilities so that they would have a chance to do even better. And then he gave them a party!!! He celebrated with them.
Then there was the third servant. Let me tell you about him. He didn't blow his money, he did run up a credit card bill. He buried his money in the ground. He didn't waste any of it, he didn't misuse it... but he didn't use it to the very best of his ability. He didn't even use the small resource of interest from the bank. The master was so upset that he took the money from the man and threw him out into the dark streets. Imagine what he would have done if the man has used the money to make more bills, to get deeper into debt!!!
God reward us when we use what we make to do better. Here in verse 29 it tells us that more will be given and we will have an abundance when we use well the money God has given us. It also tells us that if we make bad choices, never considering what God would want us to do what we do have will be taken away.
Have you ever seen this?? I have, we see it all the time. People coming into money, money they could use to find a better way for themselves. Money that could change their life.. or money put to good use that could turn their circumstances around. Around enough to get them back on solid footing. But they make foolish decisions and end up in more trouble than they started out with. Their money gets all used up...and the "things" they bought with that money ware out and can't be replaced. I have even seen people ending up on the streets.
God tells us how to live wisely...then He tells us that He will reward us when we do make wise choices. We are told in Proverbs 8 to use good judgment, to show understanding of the wisdom we have been given. It also tells us to detest every kind of deception.
The very worse deception is when we deceive ourselves. So often we see what we want to see. God sends us down a way to make life better and we want to see that as a reward. We don't use the wisdom that God gives us to figure out the difference. God wants us to have an abundance!! Not for a day, not for a few weeks but for a lifetime. God will bless with an abundance when we use what He has given us wisely.
When God places money in our hands we need to look up to Him and say. "God what is this money intended for?" God will answer that question... we need to stop and listen to the answer He gives us and quit looking for the answer that makes us happy for a minute in time. His decisions over our lives produce lasting abundance. When we see temporary abundance we have listened to our wants, not God's wants. If we let Him, God can and will make a difference in our lives.. pressed down and overflowing (Luke 6:38).