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"The Land Developer"

 

 
 
Out in the country, there was a piece of land. For the most part, it was a barren land with only a few small scrubby trees and bushes on it. The local people called the place “the waste lands”, because you couldn’t grow anything on it or do much of anything with it.
 
So, the land lay unused for many, many years. Until one day, a land developer drove by, he stopped and looked at the property and said, “I know that most of the people around here think this land is a wasteland and worthless. But I can see potential here. I can see what the land could become. I could put this land to some good use.”

So, the land developer found the owner of the land and asked if he would sell the property. While talking to the owner, the land developer found out that the land owner was a born again Christian. The developer told the owner that he wanted to build a factory on it, and create hundreds, maybe even thousands of jobs for the local people, and send his products all around the United States and the world to help others.

The Christian owner told the developer no, because he believed in “old time religion”, which meant that he liked it the way it was right now, quiet and peaceful. And, with all those city folks coming out here, it would get to crowded, and mess things up out here.

So, the developer kept driving down the road, and to his surprise, he found another piece of land, almost identical to the first one. He found the owner and asked if he would sell him the land. He told the owner he wanted to build a factory on the land, and create hundreds, maybe even thousands of jobs for the local people, and send his products all around the United States and the world to help others. While talking to the owner, the land developer again found out that the land owner was a born again Christian. This Christian man said, “Here, take the land and do whatever you want with it.” He then sold his land; he “sold out” to the land developer.

In a few years the land developer had built his factory, and now hundreds and thousands of people in that area worked there, and he sold his products all over the United States and the world.

For know, I the Lord am likened to that land developer, and I want to develop your land. I the Lord want to develop your gifts and talents, to their full potential. Will you let me, will you let me? If you do, your gift will be a blessing, and you will minister to hundreds, even thousands of people in your local area.

Just like the developer’s products were shipped around the United States and world, “So shall it be with some of you. Some of your gifts are going to take you far beyond your local area, into places you never imagined, or even thought possible” says the Lord!

 

The Meaning of the Parable:

The land developer represents the Lord, who wants to develop your undeveloped or under-developed gifts and talents.

The two men represent two kinds of Christians: One, a carnal (worldly) Christian and the other a spirit living Christian; the carnal Christian being the one who wouldn’t sell his land, and the spirit living Christian being the one who sold his land to the land developer.

The land represents your gifts and talents from God.

Don’t bury your gifts and talents, let God use them (Matthew 25:14-29).