Archive for January 7, 2019

One of my favorite parables in the Bible is The Parable of the Talents, found in Matthew 25. This is a story that Jesus told as an illustration. It’s not a true story, per se, though it reveals a great spiritual truth. The story has three main characters, a master and three servants. The master is about to go away on a journey but before he goes, he entrusts each of his servants with a portion of his wealth for the purpose of investing it on his behalf. Now again, this is a made-up story for the purpose of illustrating a point. The master in the story represents God, the servants represent His followers, and the talents… Well a talent was a unit of measure, a sum of money, yet somehow, I believe the principle is perfectly transferrable to what we call talents today.

As mentioned above, the servants are given differing sums of money, dependent on their ability. This is crucial to the application of the story. The talents are the master’s investment in his servants. He gives them based on what he knows to be the capabilities of his servants. Are you beginning to see the application. If the master represents God and the servants represent us, then our talents represent God’s investment in us. This investment is based on the knowledge the One who created us, has about us. This should be both liberating and gratifying. It’s liberating because once we understand this principle we should come to realize that we never have to compare ourselves with anyone else every again. What God desires from us is not so much success as it is faithfulness. If you have done your best, you have done enough. The extra added benefit of this is, if you continually serve and continually bring your best to the table,  your best cannot help but improve.

But what about the gratifying part. Well consider this. In the church, we talk a lot about believing in God. That is still important and it is essential, but this parable bring another point to the table. You see this parable shows us that God believes in you, and your talents are evidence of that belief. God has given you something of great value that belongs to Him for you to use on His behalf, to His glory. He gave you these thing because He knows exactly what you can do with them. This is, at least in part, the essence of calling. What God has invested in you, He fully expects you to reinvest in His Kingdom by using these very special abilities to serve others in His name. if you want to understand your calling. Start there.

Assignment: Read the Parable of the Talents, and then consider what God has given you. In the parable, two of the servants act at once on what they have been given, while the third buries the master’s investment. Look back over your list of gifts and talents and then look at your life. Is there anything you have “buried?” What would faithfulness look like in each of your gifts, especially the buried ones? Begin to journal ideas of ways you can be more faithful with what you have been given, acting on anything you can.

This year, I am going to post creative challenges from God’s Word, the idea is simple, read the passage and create something based on it.

In this verse Jesus pretty much sums up the whole plan of salvation.

John 14:6

How would you express this point creatively?