inspiration for Goodstewardship.com
comes from a story told by Jesus of Nazareth.
In this story, a wealthy master went away on a long journey. In his
absence, three of his servants were to provide stewardship over his
financial affairs. Each was given a level of responsibility consistent
with his ability.
When the master returned, he asked for an accounting of their stewardship.
The first steward, who was given five talents of gold to manage, or
approximately $20M, produced five additional talents. The master commended
him, saying, "Well done, good and faithful servant! You have
been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many
The second steward, given two talents according to his ability, produced
two additional talents. Likewise, the master commended him, saying,
"Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful
with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things."
The third steward was not productive. Given one talent to manage,
he merely returned the one talent having produced no additional wealth.
To him the master responded angrily, "You wicked, lazy servant!
Throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there
will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
The Moral of the Story:
Each of us is accountable for how we use the gifts that we have been
given. Our success or failure in life depends not on the level of
our giftedness but on our willingness to virtuously exercise our gifts
for the benefit of others.