“Have you understood all these things?” Jesus asked.

“Yes,” they replied.

He said to them, “Therefore every teacher of the law who has become a disciple in the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.”

Matthew 13 : 51 – 52

“Have you understood all these things?” Jesus asked.

“Yes,” they replied.

He said to them, “Therefore every teacher of the law who has become a disciple in the kingdom of heaven is like the owner of a house who brings out of his storeroom new treasures as well as old.”

Matthew 13 : 51 – 52

Throughout this chapter of Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus has been teaching his disciples through parables. He now asks them if they have understood. “Yes,” they reply.

Then he goes on to say that knowledge is like the contents of a house. Houses contain a mixture of old and new. In our homes there are things we have inherited from our parents (mother’s tea set?) and things we have bought ourselves.

We are taught history, because history helps us to understand what is happening now. “History repeats itself.” So, hopefully, we can avoid some of the mistakes of the past.

Following Jesus does not mean starting from scratch and discarding everything we have already learned and concentrating only on what Jesus says. Much of what Jesus taught can, in fact, be found in the Old Testament. He helps us to see old truths in a new light and apply them to our daily living.

God has given us all, gifts or talents. We are not asked to abandon these once we begin following Jesus. Rather, we are asked to use them more fully in the service of others.

Eric Liddell, the Scottish Olympic sprinter said that he believed his running gave God pleasure!

The Apostle Peter in his letter writes: “Whatever gift each of you may have received, use it in service to one another, like good stewards dispensing the grace of God.” (1 Peter 4:10)

Prayer: Living God we thank you for all the things we have learned throughout our lives and for the new things we still have to discover. Help us to see our talents as a gift from you to be used in the service of others.

Action: What are your gifts? Think about how you can use them even more effectively.

 

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