Maturity has nothing to do with age. It has nothing to with how much you can handle. It has everything to do with how much you have to offer. Being able to offer strength without taking weight. Being able to lighten a load without adding yours. Maturity is not being able to carry someone else’s load, it is helping take that load to the cross. Maturity has nothing to do with the amount you can intake, but the strength of your output. Carrying the load doesn’t qualify you to handle the material. If a guy drives an armored truck full of money, does that make him an accountant? You can trust him to move your money from one place to another, but would you trust him with managing 401k? You can carry your bible around and have all your Sunday school verses memorized, but can you wield the sword? Intake of the word is good. But until you take action on it, it has no power in your life. Until it comes alive in you it will never work through you.
“Again, the Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. He called together his servants and entrusted his money to them while he was gone. He gave five bags of silver to one, two bags of silver to another, and one bag of silver to the last—dividing it in proportion to their abilities. He then left on his trip. “The servant who received the five bags of silver began to invest the money and earned five more. The servant with two bags of silver also went to work and earned two more. But the servant who received the one bag of silver dug a hole in the ground and hid the master’s money. “After a long time their master returned from his trip and called them to give an account of how they had used his money. The servant to whom he had entrusted the five bags of silver came forward with five more and said, ‘Master, you gave me five bags of silver to invest, and I have earned five more.’ “The master was full of praise. ‘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. Let’s celebrate together! ’ “The servant who had received the two bags of silver came forward and said, ‘Master, you gave me two bags of silver to invest, and I have earned two more.’ “The master said, ‘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. Let’s celebrate together!’ “Then the servant with the one bag of silver came and said, ‘Master, I knew you were a harsh man, harvesting crops you didn’t plant and gathering crops you didn’t cultivate. I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth. Look, here is your money back.’ “But the master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy servant! If you knew I harvested crops I didn’t plant and gathered crops I didn’t cultivate, why didn’t you deposit my money in the bank? At least I could have gotten some interest on it.’ “Then he ordered, ‘Take the money from this servant, and give it to the one with the 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 have will be taken away. Now throw this useless servant into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’”
Matthew 25:14-30 NLT
The silver in this parable can likened to our growth and maturity. They where all given a measure of growth, insight, some wisdom and understanding. The first two took what they had and invested it. They discipled someone or gave counsel. What we have is doubled by giving what you know to another, not by keeping it to ourselves. The second servant didn’t allow the fact that the first had more deter him from his investment. He gave all he had. So what if someone is smarter than you, that should not keep you from giving what you have. We get so caught up in the return that we forget to invest. The first servant didn’t invest more that the second, they both gave 100% and had a 200% return. Don’t let the fact that someone is giving more keep you from giving anything. The master said well done to both of them. Your faithfulness is not determined by the amount you produce, but by making the investment. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away. Those who do nothing, not those who have nothing. Often we think we have nothing, because someone else has more. You get your salvation and forget to invest it. God gave you a gift He intends for you to share, and you bury it. You look at the person next to you and say, “They’re a better communicator than me, I have nothing to offer.” Because you can’t offer someone else’s gift, shouldn’t keep you from offering yours. Even if God only gives you one talent use it. Burying your gift because you won’t have the same return as the next guy is foolishness. At the very least share it with those close to you. The return does not solely rest on your investment. The Master will have returns on investments He didn’t make. Don’t neglect the church, your community, or family because of your perceived lack. Get involved with the body, and gain the interest of being a part of the whole.
When you have nothing to give, give all of it.