We all know the parable of the talents. A man went on a journey and gave his money to his servants. They were instructed to trade with this money and multiply their talents. On his return, the man called his servants to account for their actions.

In Luke 19:16-17 (NIV) it says: “The first one came and said, ‘Sir, your mina has earned ten more.’ “‘Well done, my good servant!’ his master replied. ‘Because you have been trustworthy in a very small matter, take charge of ten cities.’”

Something remarkable took place here that we don’t often think about. If God gives people talents or means to use for something, then He will return one day to receive them again. That means that sometimes you need to let go of what you have built. I know people who have served the Lord for years and had to give everything back to Him.

But if we read this correctly, we can see that the master rewarded his servant for his business investments. Yes, he had to return the money to his master, but was rewarded with the position of ruling ten cities. Instead of receiving more money, he was promoted. He was given a new responsibility.

If God asks you to give something back to Him for which you have worked hard, that can be very difficult. But you can trust that He will not take something from you without giving you something better in return. And even if He does not do that, He can still be trusted.

Do you feel like something has been taken from you? Then trust God. I know for certain that you will be promoted in one way or another, just like the good servants.

 “You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.”

Matthew 25:23