The Shark Tank of Faith
My favorite TV show is Shark Tank where business hopefuls pitch their ideas, products, and visions to wealthy investors willing to make them an offer (if they see potential). And I quickly noticed a mysterious pattern in every episode. I bet you’ll see it too:
Investor: “…and what are your sales so far?”
Hopeful: “well last year we did (x). And this year, we’re on schedule to do triple that amount.”
Investor: “Impressive! Okay, I’ll make you an offer…”
Did you notice it, right there? All of these creative, product-developing, visionaries have already done it! And I was confused at first because, if their dream is already alive, what do they need the Sharks for? But now I realize these hopefuls want to expand internationally, multiply their exposure, or change labor to licensing. The Shark Tank works exactly like the even richer realm of faith! I’m Thomas from The Parable of The Blindfold here to suggest demonstration first, not demonstration “if…”
Both Shark Tank and the Faith Tank of our God’s miracles admire the results of your resilience. Simply working-with-what-you-got can quickly become business bait… for the Shark Tank and an Abrahamic covenant with Our King. But “faith without works is useless (James 1:26)." Let’s consider The Parable of the Talents: a story Jesus told about people getting talents with an expectation to make a profit.
- one got 5 and made it 10
- another got 2 and made it 4
- the third guy got 1 and made it… still 1 (he buried it).
So instead of demonstration, this guy’s ‘interest’ was… ($) explanations. And I wanna quickly point out nowhere in Jesus’ story was the traveling man pre-characterized like anything this non-performer presumed of his personality. So even beyond just making excuses, this guy may have lied on the Master to the Master, and ALL to prevent his duty to do anything. Sounds to me like faith without works!
Less prepared hopefuls have no demonstration, wish-upon-on-a-star, and want credit for their intentions only. To my pleasure, these types are laughed off The Shark Tank. But I wonder how many hypocrites laugh, being just as wishy-washy themselves in the spiritual realm? So as a fun exercise, I wanna pose as your potential faith investor. Ask yourself how you would sound in The Shark Tank of Faith. Perform your answers to these questions:
- What is your God-given talent?
- Metaphorically speaking, “What are you sales so far?” How have you used your gift to improve your lifestyle, your options, and to be a blessing to others?
- What are your future plans and vision for the gift God gave you?
The objective for every Christian is getting God to see you working-with-what-you-got and say, “Impressive! Okay…I’ll make you an offer!”
God bless your potential.
For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
(The Parable of the Talents)
For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money. After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.