I’ve been thinking the last few weeks about what it means to be secure. Not securely fastening something or being safe, but being secure as a person. You know, being confident in who you are. You can’t really find a definition for this type of security.
There are ideas and thoughts out there that try define who a secure person is and what their attributes are. Things like maintaining eye contact, having a good job, building others up, trust, being emotionally sound, and having a six pack (of abs, not a beverage).
While all of these things are great by themselves, they don’t really define for me what it means to be secure. The Bible has helped me the most when it comes to finding my security.
In Matthew 25:14-30, Jesus tells a story. He talks about a rich man who went on a trip and gave three people some money. For ease of understanding, let’s call it $5000, $2000, and $1000. He gave this money to them according to their ability.
The person who received $5000 and $2000 both doubled the rich man’s money. The individual with the $1000 hid away what the rich man entrusted to him.
Upon his return, the rich man went to see what had happened to his money. He was VERY pleased that the two individuals doubled their money. He had this to say the first two, “His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much.’”
He was VERY displeased with the individual who buried the money and made nothing. He had this to say, “But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant...so take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents...and cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness.’”
What did I learn in this story about being secure?
1. I have been entrusted with resources from God, according to my ability. This ability also comes from Him since He created me. He has trusted me with certain resources, and He has given me something specific to do with those resources.
2. He wants me to be faithful with what I have been given to do. I don’t have to have what someone else has or do what someone else does. God asks me to be faithful with what He has given me to do! God doesn't say well done to the guy with $2000 and say "weller done" to the guy with $5000. He says, 'Well done good and faithful servant."
I am becoming more secure in life when I focus on being faithful and obedient to God. I want my life to be marked by the phrase, "Well done good and faithful servant!"
Until Monday, Josh