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Don’t wait … go all out for Jesus!
Katie Augustine
by Katie Augustine
May 27, 2024

In her book The Happiness Project, author Gretchen Rubin spent a year focusing on improving different aspects of her life in order to become happier and then created a personal list of 12 commandments that help her do that. I had mixed feelings about the book when I read it several years ago, but I incorporated a few of the book’s suggestions into my life, like attempting to be sillier with my kids. It also taught me about “spend out.”

“Spend out” is a life philosophy. People who practice “spend out” don’t save their nice things for someday; they use them now. This applies to objects like fancy candles, but it can also apply to creative ventures. Sometimes we are inspired to create something, volunteer, get to know someone better, or learn a skill—but we don’t “spend out.” We don’t go for it. Maybe we think we aren’t ready or that if we use “it” up—whatever “it” may be in that specific circumstance—that there won’t be more waiting for us on the other side.

Maybe you are someone who already practices “spend out,” someone who routinely seizes the day and uses your fine china for weeknight meals. Maybe this idea is novel or even scary to you. Regardless of which camp you fall into, I’d like to ask you this: How are you doing at “spending out” for Jesus?

In Matthew 25:14-30, Jesus tells the parable of the talents, in which a wealthy man about to go on a journey gathers his servants together and entrusts a different number of talents to each one of them. Here the word talent refers to a large amount (between 75 and 129 pounds) of gold or silver, but the word choice also helps us see that the differing amounts were distributed because of the varied abilities of the servants. The first servant received five talents, the second servant received two talents, and the last servant received one talent (verses 14-18).

The first two servants “spent out.” They invested the money they received, so when the master returned, both servants had doubled their amounts. It was a risk, as their master was a demanding person, but this made him happy. The master said to them both, “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!” (verses 21 and 23 NIV84).

However, the third servant was afraid of failing, so he buried his talent in a field. When the servant returned his single talent, the infuriated master said, “You wicked, lazy servant! . . . Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has ten talents” (verses 26 and 28 NIV84).

In this allegory, Jesus is the master and we are the servants. He has given us all different blessings—different talents—and the story shows us that if he has given us a gift, financial or otherwise, he wants us to use it!

In your everyday life, if you are blessed financially, it’s not foolish to literally “spend out” your money for Jesus. We have been given intellect by God to be wise financially, but could you give more to your church than you are currently? Very few of us struggle because we are giving too much money in service of our Savior, but many of us struggle with being liberal with our possessions toward God.

Likewise, God says we Christians have at least one spiritual gift—use it! As the above parable indicates, neglecting our spiritual gifts isn’t a neutral thing—it makes our Master angry, something we definitely don’t want to do! No spiritual gift is “better” than the other: “There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit distributes them. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord” (1 Corinthians 12:4,5). We all have individual gifts that work together to serve our Savior.

Jesus lived a perfect life, died, and rose to bring salvation to all mankind, and he has gifted you to go spread that amazing gospel news far and wide in your own personal way. How amazing is it that the Creator of the universe has specially designed you to do work in his kingdom!

With this in mind, don’t wait to have important spiritual conversations someday when you’re “ready.” Don’t wait to write or create. Don’t wait to invite that friend over, to volunteer, to start that group. Don’t be afraid to fail. Because of God’s amazing love and generous gifts, we can be emboldened to take risks in this life—so go ahead and “spend out” for Jesus!

Have you ever heard of “spend out”? How can you practice that concept in your spiritual life?