Tuesday, August 27, 2013

The Talents

In the parable of the talents in Matthew 25:14-30, the first servant is given five talents, the second is given two talents and the third is given one talent to watch over and multiply for their master until he returns. Just like this the Lord has given us tasks and responsibilities to take care of until He returns as well. We are the body of Christ, just like our fleshly bodies, not all of our parts or jobs are the same but all are important.

The best thing about this parable is when the master returns and his first two servants eagerly greet him and show him that through hard work and investment they have doubled the money he left them with! The master was very pleased with them. He called them good and faithful servants and said that since they had been faithful over few things he would make then rulers over many things.

Now we come to the third servant. He had been afraid of his master and scared of what he would do to him if he lost his masters money. So instead of investing the money or even putting it in the bank where it could gain interest, he buried it in the ground so it would be "safe" until his masters return. When he did return, the servant took the money that the master had left him with and gave it back as he had received it. His master was angry. He called him a wicked and slothful servant. He took the talent from him and gave it to the servant who had ten talents and cast the wicked servant into the outer darkness where there would be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

That last part is sobering and very serious. It tells us that the Lord expects a return on His investment in us. The Lord requires that we take the love He gives us and multiply it into those around us. If we take His love and bury it in the soil of or hearts, we aren't doing anyone any good, including ourselves. He tells us to love one another. How can we say that we love all people when we see them lost and dying and choose not to share with them the answer to their problems, the cure for their diseases; the love of God manifested in His son Jesus Christ? We can't. That's why the punishment for the third servant is so harsh. There's no excuse for being lazy and unproductive when the Lord has provided all we need to be successful.

But the first part is wonderful. There is a promise there. A promise that if we are faithful in the body of Christ when we are only a big toe; faithful in balancing out the rest of the body. The Lord will reward our faithfulness by making us the ankle or whatever is next on the way up. I don't want to take this analogy too far or give you an unwanted anatomy lesson. But, hopefully you understand what I'm trying to illustrate for you.

Its like the CEO of a large company who started out in the mail room. When you show you are committed to the furthering of the Kingdom of God, and are faithful in doing the menial tasks that seem small and unimportant, you can be assured with the promise from Matthew 6:4 that the Lord sees all that you do and will reward you!
This is the same principal as in exercise and many other things in life; you'll get out of it what you put into it. The Lord calls us all into His service. But few answer the call, and even fewer answer with the zeal that such a call requires. If you feel you have an awesome calling on your life, chances are that you do. God created you with a purpose and I don't know of anything my God does, has done, or will do that's not awesome.

If it seems like your sitting at an idle and you're waiting on God to press the throttle. Think again. That's not His job. He gave you free will. God is waiting on you. He made all the provision you need to go far in this life; the vehicle, the mechanics, the fuel, even the manual. He's just waiting on you to step on the gas!

This devotion was written by Chassidy Hester. Thank you for taking the time to read it. I hope it has spoken to you or helped you in some way. Feel free to comment below or to contact me by e-mail at chassidyhester@gmail.com