Good Morning, and Happy Halloween! I doubt we will get many trick-or-treater’s seeing as we live on the third floor of a gated apartment complex, but oh well—I’ll just have to eat all the candy myself. Ha. Just kidding—kind of. Anyways…
I was reading about the parable of the king and his servants in the book of Luke this morning, and the words of Jesus hit me in a different way. Let me give you a little background information. This is the parable involving a king who, when going away on a trip, decides to leave three of his trusted servants with three different sums of money. To this first he gave ten units, the second received five, and third one. On the kings’ return, the first and second servant both presented him with double what they had been given, and were each rewarded accordingly for their efforts. On the other had, the third servant had not doubled his allotted money. Instead, he had hidden the money away out of fear, and had nothing to show for his efforts when the king returned. Needless to say, the king was a bit upset, and he took the money away from the third servant and gave it to the first, who had originally been given ten. Following the parable, Jesus said this…
“I tell you to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what he has will be taken away.”
I always thought this sounded a little harsh…I mean, come on right? Give the guy some slack! But when I read these words this morning I saw them in a different light. We are like the servants in the story, and God is the king. While we may not be given money with the clear task of multiplying it, we are each given unique gifts and talents to use. With these talents, we are also given a choice. We can use them selfishly for our own personal benefit, not use them at all, or use them as God intended—to help his kingdom grow here on Earth.
Like I said, it’s our choice to with them what we will, but ultimately we should want to choose the third choice. We should want to use our God-given talents to serve him, and further his kingdom here on Earth. I mean, what other purpose can you possibly imagine that would be greater? I can’t think of any.
What are our gifts and talents? Are you using them in a way that glorifies God?
Hope you all are having a great day! God Bless:)