“Well Done Thou Good & Faithful Servant”

I was substitute teaching recently and I was handing out a test. As I did, you could tell, some of the kids were a little nervous. Someone may say, “they must have had test-anxiety.” Possibly. But more than likely it was the same anxiety lots of people have when they are about to take a test… they hope they are ready.
Jesus told a story about a land-owner who was leaving on a long journey. To one servant he gave five talents, to another he gave four talents and to another he gave one. He told each to take care of the talent while he was gone.
The one who was given five talents took his five and invested them and earned five more talents. The one who was given four talents, invested his and he earned four additional talents. But the one who was given one talent buried his. He didn’t lose it but he didn’t use it either.
In time, the land-owner returned and. he called each servant before. him. The one who was given five reported that he had invested his five and now had talents. The Master said, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.”
The one who was given four talents, he presented eight talents… he had earned four more. But the one who received one talent gave that one talent back. The Master said, “You wicked, lazy slave…”
How would we have handled our talents? How are we using our talents? One day we will all stand before the Lord. Are we using the gifts the Lord has given us for His glory. God didn’t hold the man who was given four talents responsible for five. He wasn’t given five, he was given four. God didn’t hold the man who was given one talent responsible for four. He was only given one talent.
But God expects each of us to be good stewards of what God has given us.
Today, use whatever talents and gifts God has given you for His glory.

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