Faithfulness, Not Talent or Skill
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.