November 14

Matthew 25:14-18

“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.” vss. 14-15

Essentially, all that we do in life is stewardship. Every person on the planet has been entrusted with gifts and abilities that are the legacy of our Creator. No one has been exempted and each has been blessed in particular but different ways, as the apostle Paul wrote to the saints in Rome, “We have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us…” (Romans 12) Jesus believed that, no matter what the gifts might be, they are to be used intentionally to make a difference for good in the world. Quite obviously not all people have done this. Most don’t even recognize that they are stewards–they don’t understand that everything that they have has come from God, that it’s a trust for which they are responsible. And because such persons have a kind of innate cleverness, they’ve figured out ways to wrest God’s wealth from others and claim it as their own. There are millions of people in the world who go to bed hungry at night–many are lacking adequate housing. Surely that cannot be the intention of our loving God! Rather the children of God are called to look out for one another by honestly assessing their gifts and searching for ways to invest those gifts in lifting up the broken and the hurting.

Thought for the Day: How can I use my “talents” to lift up the broken?

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