We talk about the parable of the talents as being a parable about using what we have for the Lord. However I want to put a little bit of a different slant on it this morning. Notice that the servant with one talent got chastised for having the same exact amount his master had given him. I would like to assert that this parable could be a lesson on the dangers of being stagnant in our Christian journey. If we are the same in the Lord today as we were yesterday, it is like holding tight to the one talent and doing nothing with it. We need to be constantly growing and maturing in our relationship with Christ. Eleanor Powell, an actress in the ’30’s and ’40’s once said, “Who we are is God’s gift to us. What we become is our gift to God.” Work with the Holy Spirit to deepen our relationship with Christ is the greatest gift we could give our heavenly Father.