Scripture

Matthew 25: 26-30images (2)

26 But his master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy slave! You knew, did you, that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I did not scatter?  27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have received what was my own with interest.  28 So take the talent from him, and give it to the one with the ten talents.  29 For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away.   30 As for this worthless slave, throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

 

Reflection by William Barclay

This parable “lays down a rule of life which is universally true.  It tells us that to those who have, more will be given, and those who have not will lose even what they have.  The meaning is this.  If we have a talent and exercise it, we are progressively able to do more with it.  But, if we have talent and fail to exercise it, we will inevitably lose it . . . That is equally true of playing golf or playing the piano, or singing songs or writing sermons, or carving wood or thinking out ideas.  It is the lesson of life that the only way to keep a gift is to use it in the service of God and in the service of our neighbors.”

 

Prayer

Dear Lord,

You’ve given us different gifts.  Some received 5 talents, some 2, some of us 1.  But whatever gifts we have come from you.   Nurture these gifts in us.  If we are hesitant, coax them out of us until we find the joy of devoting ourselves, with these precious gifts, to your glory.

Amen.

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