“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!’
Matthew 25: 19 – 21
Appearing both in Luke and in Matthew, the Parable of the Talents, drives home the point that all of us can make the most of the blessings and talents given to us by God. We talk of giving a fitting proportion of our time, talents and resources to further Gods Kingdom yet the talent aspect is something that I feel we often under value. These talents, be they the gift of teaching, the art of performing, the possession of sporting prowess, the ability to cook, bake or make and a myriad of others that could easily fill this page, are meant to be shared so that they not only benefit us as individuals but enrich the lives of those around us. Jesus makes it very clear in the parable that it pleases God when we give of ourselves to others. Hiding our light under a bushel is not an option for us.
Prayer: Gracious God, Thank you for your many gifts and blessings and for the talents that you have bestowed upon us. Each of us no matter how great or small are thankful for the difference we can make in the lives of others through sharing what you have so generously given us. May we do so with grace and joyfulness
Action: Share your talents and abilities to benefit those around you