PUT YOUR TALENTS IN JESUS’ HANDS AND WATCH HIM MULTIPLY

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Investments work on growing capital committed. From interest payments to dividends, to appreciating assets, the world works on growing more from what is. Beloved child of God, Jesus wants you to know that the best investment you can ever make is to invest in the great storehouse of heaven and put your time and talents into His hands.

“When it was evening, His disciples came to Him saying, “This is a deserted place, and the hour is already late. Send the multitudes away, that they may go into the villages and buy themselves food.”
But Jesus said to them, “They do not need to go away. You give them something to eat.”
And they said to Him, “We have here only five loaves and two fish”
He said, “Bring them here to Me.” Then He commanded the multitudes to sit down on the grass. And He took the five loaves and the two fish, and looking up to heaven, He blessed and broke and gave the loaves to the disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitudes. So they all ate and were filled, and they took up twelves baskets full of fragments that remained. Now those who had eaten were about five thousand men, besides women and children.” Matthew 14:15-21

In a separate incident, this was what happened.

“Now Jesus called His disciples to Himself and said, “I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now continued with Me three days and have nothing to eat. And I do not want to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way.”
Then His disciples said to Him, “Where could we get enough bread in the wilderness to fill such a great multitude?”
Jesus said to them, “How many loaves do you have?”
And they said, “Seven, and a few little fish.”
So He commanded the multitude to sit down on the ground. And He took the seven loaves and the fish and gave thanks, broke them and gave them to His disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitudes. So they all ate and were filled, and they took up seven large baskets full of the fragments that were left. Now those who ate were four thousand men, besides women and children.” Matthew 15:32-38

These two texts, besides showing us Jesus’ miraculous works, hold such rich revelation of Jesus’ heart for us and gives us such wisdom on how we should steward our talents and blessings.

Firstly, if we continue with Jesus in our daily walk with Him, if we continue to trust in Him, He will never send us away hungry. He knows our needs and He has compassion and will provide for more than our needs.

Secondly, when we commit what we have to Jesus, our time, our talents, our finances, our resources, Jesus multiples it and gives it back to us. Notice the manner in which this is done. Jesus receives from the disciples, blesses it, breaks it and then gives it back to the disciples. This is how He multiples what we commit to Him. To Jesus, brokenness does not diminish the value of the item. In fact, brokenness multiplies it! So even if all you have to commit to God is, to you, a broken life, broken bank account, broken talents, Jesus will take that brokenness and multiply its benefits and return it to you not only whole, but in greater measure than you ever gave to Him.

If you would say,

“Jesus, I put into your hands all that I am, all that I have. Guide me and give me wisdom in the stewardship of these talents and resources so that they may be used to glorify you.”

He will take what you have and multiply it to you in such great measure that you will have not have enough room to receive it. For He says,

“”Bring all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be food in My house, and try Me now in this,”
Says the Lord of hosts,
“If I will not open for you the windows of heaven and pour out for you such blessing that there will not be room enough to receive it.” Malachi 3:10

This is Jesus’ style. In fact, He Himself, practiced this during the last supper.

“And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to His disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.”
Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.” Matthew 26:26-28

Jesus’ body was broken at the cross so that its brokenness can symbolically show how its efficacy and power is multiplied so that all who believe on Him can receive forgiveness and remission of sin and wholeness in the body.

In the same way, when we commit what we have into His hands, He multiplies it and gives it back to you in such measure that we end up gaining more than we give. Here we see an example of this.

“Then one of the Pharisees asked Him to eat with him. And He went to the Pharisee’s house, and sat down to eat. And behold, a woman in the city who was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at the table in the Pharisee’s house, brought an alabaster flask of fragrant oil, and stood at His feet behind Him weeping; and she began to wash His feet with her tears, and wiped them with the hair of her head; and she kissed His feet and anointed them with the fragrant oil. Now when the Pharisee who had invited Him saw this, he spoke to himself, saying, “This Man, if He were a prophet, would know who and what manner of woman this is who is touching Him, for she is a sinner.”
And Jesus answered and said to him, “Simon, I have something to say to you.”
So he said, “Teacher, say it.”
“There was a certain creditor who had two debtors. One owed five hundred denarii, and the other fifty. And when they had nothing with which to repay, he freely forgave them both. Tell Me, therefore, which of them will love him more?”
Simon answered and said, “I suppose the one whom he forgave more.”
And He said to him, “You have rightly judged.”
Then He turned to the woman and said to Simon, “Do you see this woman? I entered your house; you gave Me no water for My feet, but she has washed My feet with her tears and wiped them with the hair of her head. You gave Me no kiss, but this woman has not ceased to kiss My feet since the time I came in. You did not anoint My head with oil, but this woman has anointed My feet with fragrant oil. Therefore I say to you, her sins, which are many, are forgiven, for she loved much. But to whom little is forgiven, the same loves little.”
Then He said to her, “Your sins are forgiven.”” Luke 7:36-48

Now in those days, alabaster flasks of fragrant oil cost as much as a month’s wage. So what the woman did cost her no small sum. But as her tears were flowing, and as she wiped Jesus’ feet and anointed them with oil, she must have been overwhelmed by the peace that His forgiveness brings. And to have Jesus publicly declare that her sins, which are many, have been forgiven, and that she is now right with God, would you not say that on that day, the woman gained more than she ever gave?

“For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?” Mark 8:36

Beloved child of God, if you are at your wits end over how best to put together the pieces of your life, and how best to make those pieces work for you, turn those pieces over to Jesus. Let Him pick up the pieces. Let Him bless them. Then let Him give them back to you healthy, whole and multiplied into a greater measure than you ever thought possible. Invest into Jesus’ hands today and watch Him multiply.

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