In This Thing Together

As I read the parable of the talents yet again, a different question came to mind. Why didn’t the two servants with 5 and 2 talents help the servant with one talent? Why didn’t those servants with the gift of investing have a conversation with the servant with one talent and say “Hey – if you put your money in this commodity you may make a little something, turn a profit.” Or, why didn’t the servant with one talent go to one of the other two servants and ask for some advise on what they planned to do with the talents the landowner gave to them? After all communication is a two way street. Many have preached that the servant with one talent acted out of fear and that’s true. However, why didn’t the other two servants work to encourage him out of that fear? The point I’m trying to make is that all three servants were in the same situation, in the same field, working for the same master. Are we or are we not in this thing together?

Therefore encourage one another and build up each other… 1 Thessalonians 5:1-11

Go For It!

I knew that you were a harsh man….  Matthew 25:14-30  Fear, disappointment and judgment will cause anyone of us to focus on the pain rather than focus on the goal. I am convinced that this parable isn’t so much about being enslaved because we are all slaves to something. Rather, I think it is more about God’s desire for us to focus on the gift, however great or small. Each of us has a passion for something. When we discover what that passion is, it is our responsibility to look for ways to give it life. Much like anything that is planted, the passion needs to be nurtured by our faith in God, in order to grow.  If we are too focused on the external environments that sometimes work against us, we limit our opportunities to experience God’s grace and glory in our lives. Go For It! God’s love for us is greater than our fears. godsgift