And not many days after that, the younger son gathered up all that he had and journeyed into a distant country, and there he wasted his fortune in reckless and loose living – Luke 15:13
One of the distinguishing factors between a bright future and a blurred destiny is the setting of a well thought-out goal. When you hit the road without a goal, you are bound to grope in confusion and frustration. This holds true because if you don’t have a set goal, every suggestion given to you may appeal to your heart but will get you tied in knots. In the same vein, when you start off a journey without a clear cut direction, you will certainly become vulnerable to deceit and schemes that will seduce you out of the purpose of God for your life.
The prodigal son, who demanded a share of his father’s fortune, embarked on a fruitless journey, to squander his allocation. He had no clear cut destination, direction and plan. Therefore, he went on a spending spree forgetting that a fool and his money are soon parted. He never thought it worthwhile to make valuable projection before he hit the road. Sooner than imagined, his destiny hit the brick wall which made him to become miserable. His hope of unending gratification was cut short and as a result, he found himself in reduced circumstances.
However, the parable of the talents reminds us of the account of the wise and foolish investors. Except for the foolish investor, the wise investors had a well thought-out goal to double up their talents. They decided to swing into action with the display of relentless commitment to give good account of themselves in the near future. When the Chief Merchant emerged to hear out their account of stewardship, they were able to fill Him in with heartwarming update of the gains and profits they were able to rake in.
The question is, “What are you doing with the gift of God in your life?” Are you using it profitably and gracefully to His glory? If not, wake up and be on your guard to give a good account of yourself lest the Lord expresses His displeasure for your idleness. May the Lord stir your heart to profitably exploit the gift of God in you to the profit of many and to the glory of His name in Jesus name.