“Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.” Mt 25:17-28
I recently read an article in the newspaper about a small group of Christian ladies from Kingwood, Texas. They are known as the “Church Ladies,” … suburban homemakers and retirees extending a hand to women just finishing stints at Lucile Plane and Dempsie Henley state jails in Dayton. The Church Ladies are volunteers in the Freedom Bus Ministry. Three days a week they meet just released women prisoners when they are dropped off at the Greyhound Bus Station in downtown Houston. The Church Ladies offer a change of clothes from the prison issued khakis, a warm meal, a healing heart and, on occasion, “a little surprising street swagger.”
These women use the talents given to them by God, investing in others. I doubt they even think about whether they received five talents or one. The number doesn’t matter. They are just doing what Jesus would do if He was in the same situation…having compassion for others.
How many talents do you have? It doesn’t matter whether it’s five, two or one. It’s not how much, but what you do with what you have.
Play if forward; don’t hide it, don’t be afraid of using it, and don’t be afraid of what others might say or think. “Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.”
God doesn’t want that answer from us.
“His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.”
So, what are you doing with your talents? Are you investing your gold, your talents where they will pay back with interest?
Holy Spirit, you have entrusted me with God given talents. I want to gain more, gain interest by using them. I want to invest in others, teaching and loving, for I know that in helping others I become a better person, giving away, investing my talents in others, not hiding them.
Blog Post by Tom Berhens