Being fruitful and multiplying wealth
Multiplying wealth is God’s command. But so is multiplying creativity and love.
According to the Bible the first command God gave humans was to ‘be fruitful and multiply’ (Genesis 1:28). While this could be taken as a command to populate the planet, it has much deeper meaning that is as relevant today as it was then.
Jesus Christ taught lessons using stories or parables. One of these – the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30) is about ‘being fruitful and multiplying’ but in a very different way.
Parable of the Talents – a gist
It is about an employer who is about to go away for some time. Before he does, he gives three servants – lets call them A, B and C some talents (coins). A gets 5 coins, B gets 2 coins and C gets 1 coin.
When the employer returns some time later, he asks A, B and C to account for how well they managed the money they were left as stewards for. How much did they multiply wealth?
A has made 5 coins grow to 10, B made 2 coins grow to 4, but C took 1 coin, buried it and returned it to his master.
The master is furious! He abuses C and takes away the money from him and gives it to A. ‘You could have at least put the money in the bank and earned deposit,’ says the master to C.
Then Jesus goes on to say that those that multiply wealth will get more and those that do not will lose even what they do have.
Lesson on investing?
Instead of letting money stagnate through hoarding and hiding it should be invested and circulated.
But the power of this parable goes way beyond multiplying wealth. For this goes to the very first command God gave humanity – ‘be fruitful and multiply’. Let us take a closer look at this and its importance for our world today.
Multiplying wealth – material, spiritual and creative to make a better world
God has given each and every one of us certain gifts. Some may be writers, musicians, artists, leaders, healers, speakers, caregivers and so on. God gave us all various ‘talents’ or ‘creative seeds’. These should be multiplied and grown, not buried in the sand. Using these to help enrich our world is how we make them grow. Multiplying wealth is not only about multiplying material wealth.
But it goes even further that this. What is the biggest gift or virtue that God gives us? It is the capacity to love. Through love come the other virtues of peace, joy, happiness, bliss, and contentment.
If we apply the parable of talents in our daily lives, then we need to use the gifts that God has given us (including the gift of love) and multiply them. If you are loved by God (which we all are, even if we don’t realise it) then we need to make that love grow and multiply just as the first servant did. We need to make sure that the love God has given us is put to use and spread to others and not buried inside the depths of our own self-centredness.
Love is a resource, an asset!
To use the investment analogy – love is a resource, an asset, a gift that we have along with our other creative talents or skills. This asset has to grow in order for us to live bountiful lives. It can only grow by circulation and not by stagnation.
When you help something grow you get more rewards or ‘fruit’.
In the parable, it is multiplying wealth. In our own lives, it could be money, skills, love or blessings. These things come to us only when we take the risk of taking a chance.
We may think we are preserving something by hiding it away or being overprotective but we are doing the opposite. By hiding something away that can bring value to the world, we are inadvertently destroying it.
The greatest risk is not taking any
Ships may be safe in the harbour, but that is not what ships were built for.
We may feel we are safe by suppressing our own creative skills, procrastinating or by being indifferent to others, but that is not what we came to Earth for.
So don’t waste time. Be like the first servant. Use your gifts, improve the world, spread love and compassion to all you encounter. Multiply wealth whether it is material wealth, spiritual wealth or creative wealth. Today’s world has its share of problems but it also has its share of wonder. By nurturing and growing our talents, we can bring more love, peace and creativity to our world.