READ : Matthew 25:14-30
Today we come to the end of our study of the parables. We close with that of the talents. I have often been mystified at the reason given by the one talented man for hiding his talent and the equally disturbing reply of Jesus to him. I now believe the key to understanding the parable is found in the reply of the master to the first two servants. Both are told, “Come and share your master’s happiness!” I find that very interesting. Contrast that to the language of the one talented servant. He saw his master as harsh, demanding and unforgiving, a very unhappy person. The way in which they saw their master determined how they served him.
The parable teaches the importance of how we think of God. If we think of Him as being happy (loving, kind and forgiving), we will serve Him with joy and enthusiasm. We will risk and venture out in our use of the gifts He gives us. If we think of Him as being harsh, difficult and demanding, we will serve Him out of obligation and fear. The right use of God’s gifts depends on the right concept of the giver of those gifts. It is my prayer that in 1997 your concept of God will be such that you will use your gifts joyfully, confidently and fearlessly for His honor and glory.
Heavenly Father, may my understanding of You be seen in my faithful and loving service to You. For Jesus’ sake. Amen.