Paul prayed for the believers at Ephesus that they might know what God called them to do and understand the “riches” he had invested in them (Ephesians 1:18).
- God knows what he’s invested in you. He doesn’t redeem you one day and take you to heaven the next. He calls and equips you to fulfill a certain PURPOSE in this world. Christ taught that some of us are five talent people, some 2 talent people, and some one talent people (Matthew 25:15ff). That’s why it’s a mistake to draw comparisons with others. It’s not what you have that determines your reward, but what you do with what you have. It’s when you bury your talent that you get into trouble with God.
- God protects what he’s invested in you. Do we sometimes disobey God? Yes. And our response to him can either lengthen or shorten our season of discipline. But does God abandon us? Never! (Romans 11:29).
- God expects a return on what he’s invested in you. When you get to the end of your life, what will you have to show for it? God gave you time, talent, and treasure. Are you using them selfishly or to serve God and bless others? (2 Corinthians 5:10).