HIdden Talent

…the one who received the one talent came forward saying; Master, I knew that you were a harsh man…I was afraid and I hid your talent in the ground. ” Matthew 25:4-30  The very first time I read this (more that 45 years ago) I assumed that the “Master” in the story was in fact a harsh man who took what didn’t belong to him. Why would anybody want to be in service to someone who is constantly taking things away from them? The story actually tells of a Master who is giving something of value to his servants and when the those servants who worked hard increased that value, the Master gave them more! I think I can understand the servant who was afraid. Perhaps he just wanted to make sure that he didn’t screw up the one talent that was given to him. However we learn from this parable that allowing fear to hinder us won’t move us in the direction that God wants us to go, nor will we fully experience any of God’s rewards. We should never be afraid to use the “talents” God has given us.

Life Is A Gift

Let your gifts be for yourself, or give your rewards to someone else!  Daniel 5:13-30  I really like Daniel’s attitude.  I believe the story that follows his statement to King Belshazzar is a lesson in learning from other peoples’ past experiences. It is to help us understand that what God reveals for one of us is a revelation for all of us. Sometimes, by God’s grace we are allowed to see various things happen without having to personally experience it. We owe it to ourselves to transform our own lives according to the grace that God provides through others who have gone before us. We don’t know that tomorrow we will have an opportunity to unbind ourselves from the things of the world. Daniel knew that life itself is a gift and each day it offers many rewards. God only asks that we honor him above all of them. The good news is that today if the writing is on the wall, through Christ we don’t have to lose our lives.