Stewardship Minute

Let’s look at the parable of the talents. (Matthew 25:14-30) It is a simple story, where a master goes on a journey and assigns each of his servants a responsibility over some financial resources. Two servants worked to earn more talents while the third hid the money for safekeeping, for he saw his master as a harsh man. Upon return, the master praised the two who showed profits and promised them even further rewards. He rebuked the third servant, took the money from him and gave it to the other two.

The message. For the two servants who put their talents to work, their benefit was even more abundance in terms of the gifts they had been given. For the servant who did not, even what he had was taken away for what he had the opportunity to have, he also lost. The lack of faith in the third servant left him exposed in the judgment. Jesus’ warning is not to be like that third servant. God gave us skills and talents—it’s the things we are naturally good at or simply love to do. These are our life-long assignments given to us by God, our assigned ‘areas of influence’ as the Bible says in 2 Corinthians 10:13. By heeding Jesus’ warning, demonstrating our faith in Him, and using our areas of influence doing His mission, we are staying on the right path.

In His service, David Hartmann, Stewardship Committee Chair