“For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away.” vss. 14-15
Matthew’s account of Jesus’ teaching ministry begins with the Sermon on the Mount and ends with three parables about the coming Day of the Lord and the Final Judgment. The parable of the talents teaches that each of us are stewards and that we have been entrusted with God’s richest blessings. Everything that we have and all that we are is like a trust from God, and furthermore, we are held accountable for how we use those gifts. This teaching implies that, while each of us are gifted, we do have different gifts…and that certainly rings true with our experience. In the course of a lifetime, we observe that talents and abilities are not spread evenly among us. Our genetics, environment, and education produce an endless variety of personalities and gifts. Each of us is an absolutely unique and peculiar individual–and all of us are loved by God. Paul is thinking of this in his letter to the Romans as he describes how our “gifts differing” can be used to strengthen the Body of Christ. We’re not all the same but God has made an investment in each of us, and invites us to use our various gifts according to our ability for the benefit of all.\
Thought for the Day: How would I describe my gifts?