Multiply your money. I think American culture takes this as a given, except in certain circles. One of those circles is part of the Christians. We’ve been taught or heard “The love of money is the root of all evil” (1 Timothy 6:10) “You cannot serve God and mammon (i.e. money or material things) (Matthew 6:24). So we tend to work only to provide for family and avoid even the appearance of working for or serving money.
In Matthew 25:14-30 Jesus tells a different story. A master is going away for a while and parcels out funds to three servants. A lot of modern translations use the word “talent.” The translation can be a bit misleading for modern folks who are thinking of singing talent, acting, or dancing. Some modern scholars then treat the story as applying to whatever natural gifts and abilities God has blessed you with and don’t apply Jesus teaching to money.
In Bible times, though, the talent was a unit of measure for commerce, and you could have a talent of gold, a talent of silver, or most accurately to Jesus’s Day, a talent equaled “60 manehs.” This is most definitely money, and the master in the story represents God the Father.
He gave 5 talents to one servant, 2 talents to another, and 1 talent to a third “according to each one’s ability.” When the master returned the 5 talent servant had doubled his portion to 10. The 2 talents were doubled by that servant to 4. To them the master said, “Well done, good and faithful slave; you were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things. Enter into the joy of your master.”
The 1 talent servant actually dug a hole to save the master’s money for him, but when the master returned the servant was called “wicked and lazy.” The master rebukes him saying he could have at least put the money in the bank and returned with interest. The 1 talent is taken and given to the servant with 10.
So multiplication can be a good thing, one the Father praises. But the rich man storing up warehouses of wealth is call a fool in another passage. So what gives?
Purpose. What is the purpose of our multiplication? It goes back to “A is for All Belongs to God.” Multiply for yourself, thinking of only yourself and that all this is yours, and be the fool. Multiply for God’s kingdom, for the master and the benefit of Him, recognizing that all of it whether much or little belongs to Him, and you too may hear the Good,Good Father God say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”