Thought for The Day – Friday 8th April

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The Parable of the Talents

“Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.

“After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’

“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

“The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’

“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’

“Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’

“His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.

“‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

Matthew 25:14-30

What is the meaning of the Parable of the Talents?

This parable is an exhortation to Jesus’ disciples to use their God-given gifts in the service of God, and to take risks for the sake of the Kingdom of God.

Jesus tells this story to his disciples to prepare them for the days ahead when their faith will be tested. This parable depicts how the disciples are to demonstrate their faithfulness as they anticipate the return of the Lord. He is illustrating himself as the master who will be leaving on a journey and exhorting his servants to care for his property while he is away.

What does faithfulness look like in a time of waiting? Jesus has announced the arrival of God’s kingdom by feeding the hungry, curing the sick, blessing the meek, and serving the least.

All who would follow Jesus are to preach the good news of the kingdom to the whole world by going about the work that the master has called them to do, the caring for the sick and poor, clothing the naked and welcoming the stranger. Those who are faithful may hear their Master say, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”

For over two thousand years, what Jesus left behind to be cared for has grown into the Christian movement that we know today. Along the way there have been so many obstacles, leaders who have outwardly proclaimed the love of Christ, but in fact were betraying that very love for their own gain.

There have also been a far greater number of Christians who have used the love of Christ to grow the Church, they have planted the seeds of faith and seen it grow ten thousand-fold and more. These are the faithful, who will be welcomed into God’s presence, while those who obstructed will be cast aside,

Prayer: Our Lord, our Master.  You went ahead of us to prepare the way. Help us, your servants to care for your legacy of love and sharing. Help us to build upon what you left us to care for and to continue your work here on earth.  Help us to be worthy and to hear you say, “Well done, good and faithful servant”.

Action: Never miss an opportunity to show love and compassion to people in need

 

This Thought was written by Dan Docwra

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