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What have you received?

Have you saved some money for a purchase? the biggest purchase you will make is your retirement. You will have to live off or your investment. If you put your money in a savings account at a bank, today, you will receive a little more than you put in because rates are so low. but at least you will show an increase over the years.
God’s investment in us.
God has given each of us something to invest for His glory. when we say that we cannot do anything, or we have nothing to give, then we are calling God a liar. Story of Allen Andrews.
The bible is full of people who had very little but were willing to invest what they had for the glory of God. The woman with a little flour and oil was willing to give it to the prophet Elijah for his benefit. The boy with a few fish and some bread that fed the multitude.

Parable of Bags of Gold

Jesus continues to tell his disciples what the Kingdom of God is like.
Matthew 25:14–30 NIV
“Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’ “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ “The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’ “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ “Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’ “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest. “ ‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. 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. And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
Faithfulness toward an absent master.
According to his ability. God does not ask above your ability.
Made excuse for not doing anything.
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