In Matthew 25:14-30, in The Parable of the Talents, Jesus encouraged good stewardship and making the most of every opportunity in the context of the kingdom of Heaven. He illustrated it with the example of three men who were given “talents.” Not natural abilities. You can’t give that to someone. This isn’t talking about a musical talent or the ability to paint. It’s referring to a weight of money, most likely silver.
One man had been given five talents. This was a large amount of money, equivalent to twenty years’ wages of a laboring man today. It was an incredible opportunity. The second man had been given two talents. The third man had been given one talent. The man with five talents immediately put his money to work. He literally “traded.” He didn’t just make one investment and sit back. He kept trading as long as his master was away. The second man did the same thing.
“After a long time,” Jesus said, “the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them.” The first man was eager to show his master that he had doubled the five talents and now had ten. The second man doubled his two talents as well. Then the master came to the third man who began to make excuses as to why he hadn’t done anything except bury the talent given him in the ground. “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.'”
The Parable of the Talents is the second of three parables in Matthew 25 that deal with the kingdom of Heaven and speak to the urgency of our being prepared for the return of Christ. I find it more than ironic, when Jesus spoke about His return, He used an example of us getting a good return on our investments. The master in the parable Jesus told said, at the very least “you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.”
As good stewards, we should all be interested in getting the very best “return” possible and the highest rate of “interest” on our funds. You’ve no doubt heard us talk about THE SOLOMON FOUNDATION, a dynamic, Christian financial organization based in Englewood, Colorado. Not only are they one of the largest, with approximately $430 million on deposit, but they are also the leader in the industry when it comes to interest rates — ranging from 2.75% to 4.75%, even better on larger negotiated accounts. We want to make sure every one in our Crossroads’ family is aware of this excellent ministry organization that can help all of us achieve our financial goals. They helped us build our children’s building completely debt free and are helping us do the same with our new youth building. How? By providing a terrific interest rate on all the funds we have deposited with them.
In a couple of weeks we will be privileged to have representatives here from THE SOLOMON FOUNDATION to help all of us with options to get a better return on our investments (i.e., personal savings, IRAs, 401(k) plans and more) while helping grow the Kingdom. Many of you already know DOUG CROZIER, who has been a great friend, encourager and mentor to our ministry. He is the CEO of THE SOLOMON FOUNDATION based in Denver, CO. Our church has all of our reserves on deposit there. A huge number of our people are already involved with them including myself, every member of my family and every member of our staff. Our church 403(b) accounts are there. If you have never heard of THE SOLOMON FOUNDATION, you can click on this link and check them out: www.thesolomonfoundation.org
I find it more than ironic, when Jesus spoke about His return, He used an example of us getting a good return on our investments.
In Luke 16:9, Jesus said we are to use our “worldly wealth” to invest in the lives of men, women, boys, and girls, reaching them with the Gospel so that when our wealth is gone one day, those very people will welcome us in Heaven. Literally they will say, “I’m here because of your investments.” What a blessing to be able to earn a great interest rate on our investments while, at the same time, allowing those funds to be used to reach even more people for Christ in churches all around the country. You and I can do that through THE SOLOMON FOUNDATION.
THE SOLOMON FOUNDATION is a solid, Scripturally based, Christian financial organization that exists to help build the Kingdom. Their motto is: “Excellent Interest, Eternal Impact!” Their CORE VALUES are:
1) Honor God
2) Help People Come To Know Jesus As Lord and Savior
3) Help Our Investors Get A Good Return On Their Investments
4) Help Churches Get To The Next Step
5) Have Fun
How many financial institutions or organizations (including Christian ones) do you know of who have “honoring God” and “helping people come to know Christ” as their top two core values? That’s just one of many reasons why we love THE SOLOMON FOUNDATION. They will have representatives here in two weeks (Friday, January 26 - Tuesday, January 30). We are having a FREE DINNER on Friday, January 26 at 7:00 P.M. so you can learn more about THE SOLOMON FOUNDATION and how to better manage your money. SIGN UP HERE. They are also available for private personal appointments so you can get “the wisdom of Solomon” for your finances. You can sign up for those here. Appointments are on a first-come, first-served basis and only a limited number are available. So if you are interested, go to the link and sign up now.
We want you and all of our Crossroads’ family to get the best return on your investments, so we can reach more people for Christ …
… before He returns!
© 2018. Barry L. Cameron
Barry L. Cameron has been the Senior Pastor of Crossroads since 1992 when the church was averaging 188 in morning worship. Pastor Cameron and his wife, Janis, have three children and two grandsons. He’s the author of the bestseller: The ABCs of Financial Freedom, Contagious Generosity, and The Financial Freedom Workbook. The Cameron family has been completely debt free since November 2001.