Most times, when we think about the Parable of Talents, our focus is on the words “many things” instead of the word “ruler”. We fail to realise that our status impacts on our finances. Instead of focusing on the availability of money, check your status. If you can change your status, you will change the rewards that come to you. For example, in an organisation, there are different levels and the higher you go up the levels, the higher your income. When you can function at the level of the Managing Director, you will attract that level of reward. As a Christian, what is your status in the affairs of this world, in the community and the society? If you have a high status but you are unaware or ignorant, you will live like a peasant (Psalm 82: 5-7; Hosea 4:6; Psalm 49: 20 KJV). As believers, we need to come into the realisation that our thinking and sense of identity have to align with the way God sees us (Galatians 4:1). The day you accepted Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour, your status changed. You became a citizen of God's kingdom; you became a child of God. It is huge, when you understand it. The citizenship of a country confers certain privileges and status on you. When you are a child of God, you need to understand clearly what the citizenship of God's government is about (1 John 4:4). Jesus demonstrated the superiority of God's kingdom by healing the sick and delivering the oppressed because sickness cannot be found in heaven. He showed them that there is no poverty in heaven by feeding the multitudes with bread without spending money (John 6).
At the end of the day, what determines your welfare is your thinking and your sense of identity. Dr. David Oyedepo said “there are no 3rd world countries, you only have 3rd world minds”. Africa has about 10% of the world's population and 40% of the world's mineral resources. So the poverty is not in the lack of material resources, it is in the state of a man's mind (1 John 5:4). God designed us to attract whatever we think about. Do not allow your material circumstances to control your thinking (Romans 12:2). When Israel came to the border of Canaan, majority of them focused on the giants and saw themselves as grasshoppers. At the end of the day, only Joshua and Caleb, who saw themselves as able, got the inheritance God gave them; the others died in the wilderness. That was not God's will for them (Numbers 13).
Once you became a child of God, you became royalty; you became a king and a priest. You are not a common man (1Peter 2:9). You cannot be the poor child of a rich God. Become more conscious of your identity in Christ than you are conscious of human appellations or descriptions (Ephesians 2:6). Learn to walk by faith and stop accepting your current physical circumstances as final (2 Corinthians 4:18). You need to be a good and faithful steward in every sphere of your life. You are in a blood covenant relationship with God and whatever belongs to Him belongs to you.
Pastor Sam Adeyemi | Matthew 25: 20-21