Following God's Example - Part 3

December 18, 2015, 12:00 am


Giving Your Talents

In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus tells the story about a man who, before going on a journey, gave three of his servants money in the form of silver coins or bars called talents. One servant was given five talents, another was given three talents, and the third servant was given one talent. They were to use the talents to make even more money for their master.

When the master returned from his journey, he questioned each of the servants about what they had done with the talents he had entrusted to them. The first two servants had each made the master more money but the servant who had been entrusted with one talent didn’t make any money. When asked what he did with his talent, the servant replied that he had buried it. The master was furious that his servant did not put his talent to good use.

God is a giver. God has given us all talents to use in ministry to others. In the Book of Ephesians, the writer, Paul, says that we are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus to do good works. We have been uniquely gifted by God with talents and abilities to carry out His purpose. Certainly, Christmas is a time for giving.

As you think about giving to others, think about giving out of your talents. You may be artistic. It would really be special for someone to receive something that you made just for them. When I was a kid, my neighbor lady used to give my brothers and me something she had knitted every year at Christmas. She would also make us a plate of the best raisin cookies on the planet. Those cookies were so good that I still remember how they tasted. The mittens and blankets she made for us meant a lot to me because they were made with love. When I put my mittens on, it would often remind me of how deeply she cared for me.

Perhaps you have handyman skills. You could repair or build something for someone. I remember when I was pastoring in Munising, the men in the church would bless elderly people by doing house or car repairs for them. The people were so appreciative of what the guys did for them.

How about giving the gift of your talents to someone this year? Don’t be like the guy who buried his talent. Use what God has given you to bless someone else. I am sure they will appreciate it very much.

Talk to you next week.

Tom 

Posted by The Chaplain's Corner at 12:00 am
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