Read: Matthew 25:14-21
“Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.
“After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’
“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ ” (NIV Matthew 25:14-21)
Study: In this parable, Jesus describes how a wealthy master entrusted a significant amount of his property to three of His servants. A talent was worth about twenty years’ wages for a common laborer (so this was serious money!). And although each servant was given a different amount, they were given the same task: invest the treasure they’d been entrusted with. We can often become overwhelmed with the idea of joining God in His kingdom plan. We see titanic issues around the world and in our own communities. We can also compare ourselves to others who appear to be accomplishing big tasks for God. Unfortunately, we can often miss the significant opportunities He already entrusts to us every day.
Prayer: Lord God, Help me to focus on what you have given me. Keep me from comparing myself to others. Show me how to honor what those gifts I have been entrusted with. Amen