Faithfulness, Not Talent or Skill

Faithfulness, Not Talent or Skill

November 20

Read: MATTHEW 25:14-30

This parable is often viewed only through the lens of the servant who did nothing out of fear and complacency and the rejection he receives. It too often gets lost that the first two servants are given five and two talents, respectively, and each of them doubles that amount. In our culture, naturally, we expect the one that produces five extra to get a more favorable response. But that isn’t the case. Instead, they both receive the same response: “Well done, good and faithful servant!” (vv. 21, 23, NIV).

It is easy for us to be overwhelmed by how much more ability others may have for evangelism or kingdom work. That can cause us to be hesitant or shy away from engagement. But this parable reminds us that the key is for us to participate and be faithful regardless of how much we have been given.

Lord, turn our focus away from our perceived inadequacy and toward the work you invite us to. AMEN.

About the Author

Nathan Salinas || I serve as co-lead pastor of Sunset Covenant Church in Portland, Oregon, where I do a bit of everything. I am married to Erin, who works as a gynecologic oncologist, and we have a three-year-old daughter, Miah, and at the time of this writing we are expecting a baby boy in September. I completed a year of seminary at Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary before completing my master of divinity degree at North Park Theological Seminary. I am interested in how our theology informs our everyday living and our understanding of how the world should function. Outside of church, I serve as an adviser to the Multnomah County Sheriff, advocating for the increase of community release programs, substance recovery programs while incarcerated, and reentry services. I like to go biking, boat on the Willamette River, visit the park with my daughter, and eat out in the vibrant Portland food scene.

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