Time, Talents, and Treasure
This week we are covering chapter five of “What is a Man?” titled “Time, Talents, and Treasure” that deals with a very important aspect of manhood. Failure to develop proper governance and stewardship in these areas can result in severe manifestations of destruction in a man’s life. Beginning with time, most men do not understand the importance of the time they have been allotted. In Ecclesiastes 3:11, God says that He has made everything beautiful in His time. Verse one of that chapter starts off by saying that there’s a time for everything under Heaven and a season for every purpose. Therefore a man that is missing out the times and seasons of his life is actually missing out on the significance of life itself. Correct use of your time should prioritize the development of your talents which, when diligently invested, will directly determine the treasure that you will ultimately produce for the glory of God. Many men are challenged by the use of their time, and therefore withdraw. In Matthew 11:12, Jesus explains that the Kingdom of God suffers violence and only the courageous are able to take it by force. By this, He directly calls the courageous while simultaneously disqualifying the cowardly. Revelations 21:8 contains a listing of those groups which God casts into the lake of fire, with cowards as the first mentioned among them. Courage is defined in the Merriam-Webster Dictionary as “mental or moral strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty.” The Lord has called men to be courageous in the administration of their time, talents, and treasure. In scripture we have the example of David, who God describes as a man with a heart after His own. 1 Samuel 18:25 shows the king of that time, Saul, seeking to set a snare for David by requiring of him one hundred Philistine foreskins in place of the customary dowry for the princess’ hand in marriage. This was intended as a suicide mission to the enemy camp for David. The following verses chronicled David’s response as he went out with his men and, to the king’s astonishment, returned with not one…but two hundred foreskins! Therefore, I’d like to challenge you all today to take courage and use your time wisely to develop your talents and raise treasure with which to live for the glory of God. This, my friends, is all about manhood. God bless you.