Saturday 31st August, 2019
Reference text: Matthew 25:14-30
Matthew 25:15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.
At the recently ended women’s soccer world cup, the United States national team were at the receiving end of some contrasting opinions after their 13-nil beating of Thailand. While some pundits thought they disrespected their opponents with their celebration and goals, others had no issues at all. To me, it only served to confirm that teams often strive to gain a foothold in a game of football by scoring more goals, even where possible, run riot.
In comparison with today’s Gospel, the two servants who received a lot quickly set off to work and successfully doubled their money. The one who received less, hid his money in the ground and went about his own thing. Therefore I asked myself this question:
What is it about abundance that makes people crave more of it and what is it about having little that people appear rather uninspired to work with it?
I am actually tempted to believe that when offered two alternative business investments, one of £1000 and another of £10000, a significant majority will choose the latter mainly because ‘it is the bigger sum hence offers greater prospects’. Beloved, we do the very same calculation with our God-given gifts and talents by judging some of these as big and useful and others as small and insignificant.
While that may sound like the truth in our heads, now is rather the time to refocus our thinking because we appear to have forgotten that those gifts are weighted according to the current abilities of the recipient.
In effect therefore, there is no small or big gift for every gift is good and perfect. What exists are recipients with the potential to grow and use their gifts.
That includes you sweetheart, So GET BUSY.