Edited by Cheyenne Cheng
Written by Steven Spear, Jr.
There was a bakery that made and delivered bread to a local grocery store for free. The baker’s son had the daily responsibility of delivering the bread from the bakery to the store. One day while the son was on his way to deliver the bread, a man stopped him. The man said, “I need bread for my town. I’ll pay you $100 for each loaf.” The boy considered the offer and sold the man all his loaves of bread. This arrangement continued for the next couple of days until the boy’s father sat him down for a conversation.
“Son, the grocery store sent me a letter saying that you haven’t delivered the bread the last couple of days. What are you doing with all of that bread?”
The son explained his arrangement with the man from another town, and said, “Dad, we’re making money now!”
The father responded, “I gave away the bread for free because that store supports the town where I was born. The people in the town love us, and even though I am a successful baker, it’s my responsibility to provide for my people. I gave you the important job of delivering my bread to my people, but because you have given it to someone else, my town isn’t thriving like it should.”
We, as Christians, have the same responsibility as the son. God has made us stewards (by blessing us with gifts and talents), and we are supposed to use those abilities to edify the body of Christ. When we see that we can make some money by using our talents in a different place than where God tells us to go, our greed turns our attention away from the body of Christ and towards whatever we stand to gain (money, influence, attention). By not using our gifts properly, we are engaging in improper stewardship.
The Bible tells us that all of our actions should glorify God (1 Cor. 10:31), and being greedy does not glorify Him. The body of Christ is unable to enjoy the blessing of our gifts and talents when we do not use them properly. If we are giving away our God-given abilities to someone else, the body of Christ is not being fed, and unable to thrive as it should.
As I write this, I am reminded of a song: “The Gift” by Donald Lawrence & Co.
“But the gift God gave to you, give it back to Him
When He sees it operating, it’s a compliment to Him
The gift it looks good on you
And you wear it well
God has graced you and you wear it well”