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… when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?
Luke 18:8

I heard a sermon in church last Sunday and I can’t stop thinking about it. It was taken from the book of Matthew, Chapter 25.
For it is just like a man about to go on a journey, who called his own slaves and entrusted his possessions to them. To one he gave five talents, to another, two, and to another, one, each according to his own ability; and he went on his journey. Immediately the one who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and gained five more talents. In the same manner the one who had received the two talents gained two more. But he who received the one talent went away, and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.

I’d heard the parable about the talents too many times to count, but it never struck me in quite the way it did this time. This time, I stopped to think about it, and I was chilled at the thoughts of the master’s return, how when he went to settle up his accounts, the two servants who had been faithful were rewarded, while the unfaithful one was cast away from his master’s sight.

Talents. God has given them to each of us according to our abilities. What has He given me?

I can’t sing like Laura Story, and I don’t have the financial resources of Donald Trump, but I have been given eyes to see and a heart to feel other’s sufferings. I have been given arms with which to hug them, a voice with which to speak a kind word, time with which to pray for them. I have been given a whole world full of people, and a commandment to love them.

John 15:12 “This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.

The parable of the talents makes me think of the Christmas carol about the little drummer boy. He did not have the means of offering gold or fancy presents. He had only his God-given talent for playing the drum. And so he played, just for the sheer joy of pleasing the Lord Jesus.
In the sermon, it was brought out that the two faithful servants who increased their master’s resources did so out of love and respect for him, while the third man had a grudging, spiteful attitude.

I’d so rather be the little drummer boy than that guy.

Jesus, our Master, is coming back. Some day we will all stand before Him and give an account for how we used our lives and the talents He entrusted to us. And there will be no excuse that will be good enough for having wasted them

… when the Son of Man comes, will he find faith on the earth?

Talents? I was inspired to write dozens of poems about the beauty you created in nature. I stuck them in a Rubbermade tote under the bed.
Talents? I bought cards for people who were hurting. I stuck them in the drawer of my nightstand.
Talents? I saved a couple of dollars out of my paycheck each week, meaning to send it to my favorite charity. It’s still right here in my piggybank.
Talents? I dug a hole and I stuck them in the ground.
At the end of the day, I don’t want to be that guy.
Do you?

Heavenly Father, Thank you for all that you have given me. Please help me to recognize the value in the resources, the talents, and the people you have placed in my life. Fill me with a spirit of love and a spirit of generosity, and help me to use my talents wisely, so that when You return, I may be found faithful in Your sight. In Jesus name. Amen.

Devotional by Jean Pike
Photo by Cleve Sylcox

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