Matthew 25:29 Invest What You Have

For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. Matthew 25:29

Investment is something the world understands. It is taking what little one has and using it in a way that will cause it to increase. The world often likes to invest for personal and selfish reasons. Most want to be very wealthy in themselves and for themselves.

The investment that the world does is physical and temporary gain. None of it will last for eternity. When one dies, all invested will go to another person.

Jesus gave a parable about three men given some talents to invest. Two made more and was given more. The third made nothing and lost what he had.

When Jesus saves a person from his sins, it is not just for personal use only that the person is saved. Each person is saved to go out and bring others to a saving knowledge of Jesus. It is keeping eternity in mind.

Everything that a person is allowed to have, both physical and spiritual, is to be used to build God’s kingdom. All the skills and things a person has is to be invested into spreading the gospel message, not just for temporary, personal pleasures.

In the end God will judge each person for what He has given them. God will look to see if each person had invested what he had into His kingdom or not. Those who had invested it correctly will be given more. Those who refused to invest it and hoarded it, will lose what they had been given, both physically and spiritually.

It is critical that every believer uses everything he has for God’s glory and to build His kingdom. It is about investing in others and God.

God has blessed you with different things and skills. Each of these things are unique just for your use in God’s kingdom. Do not hold onto these things for your own personal pleasure, they will fade away and become worthless over time. If you do not use them to build God’s kingdom, in the end you will lose everything, including your life.

Instead of losing everything, invest it all and God will reward you with much more. This is doing what God desires with what you have to spread His gospel message for all the world to hear.

Today I pray that you will know what God has given you; that God will reveal to you how to invest what you have for eternal purposes; that you will trust God for what you need; and that you will see God’s blessings and provision as you invest into His kingdom.

The Little Drummer Boy

The Little Drummer Boy

Come they told me
Pa rum pum pum pum
A new born King to see
Pa rum pum pum pum

Our finest gifts we bring
Pa rum pum pum
To lay before the King
Pa rum pum pum pum,
rum pum pum pum
rum pum pum

So to honor Him
Pa rum pum pum pum
When we come

Little baby
Pa rum pum pum pum
I am a poor boy too
Pa rum pum pum pum
I have no gift to bring
Pa rum pum pum pum
That’s fit to give our King
Pa rum pum pum pum
rum pum pum pum,
rum pum pum pum

Shall I play for you
Pa rum pum pum pum
On my drum

Mary nodded
Pa rum pum pum pum
The ox and lamb kept time
Pa rum pum pum pum
I played my drum for Him
Pa rum pum pum pum
I played my best for Him
Pa rum pum pum pum
rum pum pum pum
rum pum pum pum

Then He smiled at me
Pa rum pum pum pum
Me and my drum

By Katherine Kennicott Davis (1941)

This Christmas song has been one of my favorite Christmas songs for as long as I can remember. I look forward to hearing it on the radio every Christmas season. And I never get tired of hearing it and singing it.

It is often thought of as a child’s song, and I have never heard it sang in church, other than in a children’s Christmas program once or twice.

Over the years, there have been very many versions of this song sang. It has been sang as a country song, ballad, and all the way into heavy metal rock music style. Although I do not like the idea of non-Christians singing any Christmas song, I still love the song in many of the various versions.

You may wonder why I like it so much. It is because of the reality of truth in it, despite the ox and lamb keeping time. I do not really believe the events in this song actually occurred in Bethlehem when Jesus was born, but the heart of it can happen today.

Many people come before God as though He was their best buddy, or the Great Man Upstairs. They see Jesus as just a great teacher.

Others come before God as though they have earned every right to do so. They do not see Jesus as the King. They do not see Him as the One who created everything there is, the one in absolute control and power.

In this song, the boy is invited to go before this new great king. He recognizes that this little baby is The King, the King of Kings. It is not told how he knows this or why he knows it, but he does.

He also recognizes that he does not have anything to give the King that is worth giving to someone so great. He has only one thing, and that is his little drum and his ability to play it. His talents and abilities were all that he could give this King.

He is given permission to play for the King, and so he does.

As a human and a believer in Jesus, I do not have anything that is worthy to give the King of the universe. God already has everything I have and much more, so He does not need my things.

What I can give Him is myself and my talents. Every ability that I have can be given to God to be used by Him for His glory.

Jesus told the disciples that their job was to go and make more disciples. That job description has not changed since for any believer.

I need to use my talents for His glory. I need to use everything I have the ability to do, to spread the gospel message to this dying world.

When I do that, God will look down on me and smile, as the baby Jesus does in the song. In the end God will be able to say “well done, good and faithful servant”.

What are you doing with the talents God has blessed you with?

Are you using them for yourself?

Or for His glory?

Listen to one of the versions of this song that I really enjoy: The Little Drummer Boy