2014-10-09 - Five Talents
I had a thought the other day about this verse. Three slaves in this parable are entrusted with portions of their master's wealth. One was given five talents, another was given two and a third was given one talent. The first two double their master's money before his return while the third is so frightened of loosing what he was entrusted with he buries it in the ground.
When their master returned the slave who acted in fear had the one talent he was given taken from him and given to the first slave who had doubled the five talents.
Then the thought comes to me - What if I were the slave with five talents knowing that my master was a demanding individual? Clearly the first two were trusted with more than the third. If the master were so furious with the slave who had one talent and failed to even return his money with interest, what would his reaction be if the slave with five talents had done the same thing or even lost them?
What if that was me?
God has given each of us gifts. Some are given more than others, often different mixtures of abilities. They are entrusted to us to be used for the benefit of His kingdom and His glory. The quantity of abilities is not important. What we do with them is! As His children and ambassadors we want to reflect the grace, love and mercy that we have been shown to those who are placed in out path.
We are told that faith without works is dead. (James 2:14-17) Doing things because God draws you to that tasks is an visible manifestation of your faith. The staff at your church might be able to point you in the right direction if you're stumped.
Bring a return on God's investment in you.
Lord Jesus - Thank You for the abilities You entrust to us and the opportunities You place in front of us. Give us courage for the work and joy in the journey. Amen.
All verses are from the New American Standard Bible (NASB) unless otherwise noted.