Our scripture this week is Matthew 25:14-30, taken today from the English Standard Version (ESV).
“For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I have made five talents more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here, I have made two talents more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours.’ But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
Jesus will return, like the Master in the story and we will be accountable for what we have and have not done. The gifts we have are intended for the good of the world. He told us “You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house” (Matthew 5:14-15).
The lazy servant buried his gift, not using it for anything. God wants us to be aware of what we are called to do for others, to be engaged in His work. We must look for opportunities to multiply the love of God in our world, much as the first two servants used their gifts.
Even in the difficult times we are facing there are ways for us to continue sharing our faith. Showing concern for other’s well-being, staying in touch with those we may not see regularly and looking for opportunities to help are all part of using our gifts well. God will bless our efforts in His name!
Loving Lord, we are humbled that You chose us to be part of Your plan. Help us to use Your gifts to us energetically and wisely. Amen.