So, have you heard the parable about the three farmers? There were three farmers, each of who planted their crop, tended to it, and waited for the outcome.
1)When the time came and the crops were ready, the first farmer had a beautiful, plentiful, crop to be quite thankful for. He saved all of it for his future.
2)The second farmer had a wonderful crop as well. He gave all of it away to others.
3)The third farmer’s crop was just as great as the first and second farmer’s crop. The third farmer, however, chose to do nothing with what he had grown.
All three of the farmers had been blessed substantially.
Who was God most disappointed in, we wonder? Well, of course, it was the third farmer.
Now, although God found favor in farmer one and farmer two, God was not entirely pleased with their behavior, altogether.
Farmer one, was smart in saving for his future but he shared with no one when he had enough for himself and others. God would prefer that we save for our future as well as give to others. It is selfish to hoard everything and give nothing.
Farmer two, gave everything away. Although God loves when we give to others, it is never wise to not think of your future. It is conceited to believe that the world will take care of you. You are responsible for yourself. Also, if you are giving in hopes of a pat on the back or so that others will give you praise, you are not giving correctly. We should give because it is the right thing to do, not for accolades. And, if you have great wealth but only give enough to say that you did, that’s not giving properly either. Do we really need millions of dollars and things to exist and be happy? Is a fancy sports car more important than feeding a poor family without food and care?
Farmer three, was lazy which is conceit. He was given the gift of a plentiful crop but carelessly ignored it, not using what God had given him. He could have shared it with persons in need and saved for his future but rather, did nothing. It wasted in the field. God gives us gifts to utilize. When we refuse to see those gifts and put them to good use, it is selfish and conceited.
The moral of the story is, be thankful, share with others, prepare for your own future, use the gifts bestowed on you for yourself and for others. God is pleased when we act out of love and consideration.