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Week 2: Day 1 Talents

September 21, 2016

  • Day One: Talents



    “[God’s kingdom] is also like a man going off on an extended trip. He called his servants together and delegated responsibilities. To one he gave five thousand dollars, to another two thousand, to a third one thousand, depending on their abilities. Then he left. Right off, the first servant went to work and doubled his master’s investment. The second did the same. But the man with the single thousand dug a hole and carefully buried his master’s money.


    “After a long absence, the master of those three servants came back and settled up with them. The one given five thousand dollars showed him how he had doubled his investment. His master commended him: ‘Good work! You did your job well. From now on be my partner.’


    “The servant with the two thousand showed how he also had doubled his master’s investment. His master commended him: ‘Good work! You did your job well. From now on be my partner.’


    “The servant given one thousand said, ‘Master, I know you have high standards and hate careless ways, that you demand the best and make no allowances for error. I was afraid I might disappoint you, so I found a good hiding place and secured your money. Here it is, safe and sound down to the last cent.’


    “The master was furious. ‘That’s a terrible way to live! It’s criminal to live cautiously like that! If you knew I was after the best, why did you do less than the least? The least you could have done would have been to invest the sum with the bankers, where at least I would have gotten a little interest.


    “‘Take the thousand and give it to the one who risked the most. And get rid of this “play-it-safe” who won’t go out on a limb. Throw him out into utter darkness.’ (Matthew 25:14-30, The Message)



    In the parable above, Jesus is inviting his followers to be the kinds of persons who use the good gifts he has given them, and not just let them go to waste. These gifts could be financial resources, but it’s more than just money—Jesus has given each of us unique strengths, talents, abilities, and passions.


    What are you good at? You might be athletic, or musical, or a math genius, or really tall, or really short, or super funny, or outgoing and friendly, or artistic and creative, or well organized, or a good listener, or a good speaker, or a good writer, or good at cooking and baking, or mechanically inclined, or the best at video games, or…something else!


    As far as I see it, we have three options:

    1. Use these talents to bring attention to ourselves.

    2. Don’t use these talents at all, and squander the gift.

    3. Use these talents to bring glory and honor to God.


    I think #3 might be the wise choice.



    Write down 5 things you’re really good at—talents, strengths, abilities, etc. How can you use one or more of those gifts this week to serve God and others?



    God, thank you for giving me my talents and strengths. Help me to use them for your purposes.



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