Some people gain notoriety for what they didn’t do. For instance, Pythagoras didn’t discover the Pythagorean Theorem. People had been using it for at least a thousand years before he was even born. Pythagoras just named it!
Then there’s the third steward from Jesus’ parable of the bags of gold. Remember him? While the first and second stewards turned profits from the gold entrusted to them, the third steward didn’t grow the value of his money. Instead, he buried it.
But things didn’t go nearly as well for the third steward as he had hoped. Instead of receiving accolades, his gold was taken from him, and he was sent away from service.
Why were his two co-workers so successful at turning profits, while he tanked? What was their “secret sauce”?
Stewards #1 and #2 didn’t have insider investment information. Nor were they any savvier than the third steward when it came to making a profit.
Instead, both stewards understood their task was about their relationship with their manager – not the gold. Each received a different amount of gold and each produced a different return on investment. But the manager had exactly the same words for both of them: “Well done, good and faithful steward! Come and share your master’s happiness!” (Mt. 25:23, NIV)
By doing nothing, the third steward made it clear he gave no consideration to his manager. Burying the gold was the safest course of action for him – and that’s all that mattered.
The uncomfortable truth is this: when it comes to your relationship with God, what you do or don’t do with your wealth speaks volumes about its priority for you.
The options are surprisingly simple. You can either give what you have for Kingdom gain. Or you can bury it.