Reading: Matthew 25: 14-30
Verse 21: “Well done good and faithful servant… Come and share in your master’s happiness”.
In our passage today, the slaves see their master one of two ways. Two see the master as trustworthy and to be worked for. The third sees the master as harsh and greedy. Two of the slaves take what the master has entrusted them with and put it to work, doubling what they had been given. The third hides what he has been given, refusing to use it even a little by safely investing it with the bankers.
God gives each of us talents or gifts as well. Each of us has gifts that can be used to build the kingdom of God here on earth. What we do with what we have been given depends on how we see our master, God. If we see God as a God who is harsh, as a God who punishes His children, then we are likely to risk little for God. We will take what we have been given and guard it closely. We do not want others to know the gift we have so we keep it hidden away. But if we see God as loving and trustworthy, then we desire to take the talents or gifts we have been given and to invest them to help others to come to know God. We use our talents to grow the kingdom of God. One day we too will hear, “Well done good and faithful servant… Come and share in your master’s happiness”.
Our God is a loving, compassionate, grace-filled, forgiving God who calls us to be the same. If we truly see God in this way, then we feel led to be this type of person to others. We seek ways to help others know our loving, compassionate… God. In doing so we use the talents and gifts that God has blessed us with so that all will come to know our God. What gifts has God given you? How are or can you use your talents and gifts for the building of the kingdom of God here on earth?