Joe Bruner -- “Using Your God Given Talents”
“For it is just like a man about to go on a journey, who called his own slaves and entrusted his possessions to them. To one he gave five talents, to another, two, and to another, one, each according to his own ability; and he went on his journey…” – Matthew 25:14-30
When reading the parable of the talents, the word talents is used as a source of currency and this was a common word that the listeners would have been able to understand. It is a bit ironic that our English word talent is spelled the same way as the form of currency. When thinking of money and talents, it would be easier to lump them all together and use the word resources.
To make some assumptions regarding the parable, the man going on the journey is God and we are the slaves. If these two things are true, then there are several teachable things regarding stewardship in this parable.
- God gives differently to each of us according to our own ability.
- It is our responsibility to steward or to take careful and responsible management of the resources entrusted to our care.
- There is an emphasis on investing and multiplying resources the master gave to the slaves.
- Eventually we will all be held accountable for how we steward our resources.
Recently there was a news article about a famous athlete having his house foreclosed by the bank. The house was purchased for 3.6 million and this athlete had made well over 3.6 million in his career but did not invest his money well with a vision for the future. The challenge for all of us is to think about how we are using all of our resources for God’s kingdom purposes and to have a proper vision for the future because the master is going to return and we will all be held accountable.
- Joe Bruner, Associate Dean for Residence Life