June 25- Ch. 25

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.

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3 Responses to June 25- Ch. 25

  1. Larry Martin says:

    I had never thought quite that way on the parable of the Talents Pastor. I like your take on it. Well said. The separating of the nations, one from another, made me think. To one group he says when I was hungry you gave me food. When I was thirsty you gave me drink. When I was alone you took me in. One group, the righteous, says when did we do those things. The king answered when you did it to one of the least of my brethren, you did it to me. The righteous or the first group saw themselves as doing nothing special. What they did they did for a fellow human being, nobody special. To the second group he says depart from me into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels. I was hungry and you gave me no food. I was thirsty and you gave me no drink. I was naked and you did not clothe me, sick and in prison and you did not visit me. They also said when did we see you such and did not minister to you. The king will answer and say when you saw your fellow brethren such and did no do it them, you did not do it to Me. Depart. The second group sounded surprised. I would lay odds many of them did mission trips, supported offerings, saw themselves as Godly people. It appears to me that righteousness does not come from what we do when we think God is watching, but what we do when we do not even consider if God is watching. I know the many times I have seen people in need and done nothing.

  2. Sharon Owen says:

    I agree this is an excellent take on this parable–that the one talent “saver” is afraid to take the risks of stepping out in Christ. I have always related well to this person, although I now understand it a bit better. Not only is it difficult for me to take risks, when I do, I can’t seem to do it without “calculating” the cost and thinking about how good it makes me feel and how “righteous”. We have some wonderful examples in our church of folks who just “do” and never count the cost or the “coup” and I pray for the ability to do that.

    • Randy says:

      One of the things that is interesting is the master says to the servant, why didn’t you just put it somewhere where it would have gotten interest. That is a no risk proposition. So there is more going on here than just taking risk.

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