Read: Matthew 25:14-30

The parable of the talents in Matthew 25:14–30 is challenging. When reading this parable, the logical side of me always thinks, “Of course you would invest the money to make more. Also, why did you bury the money? You absolutely should have at least put the money in a low-interest savings account. I don’t understand your choices at all.” It is then that the Spirit often convicts me while I reflect on how to apply Jesus’s lesson to my life.

How are you using your spiritual gifts each day? Are you a good steward of your gifts? Are you allowing what is easy and comfortable to be your normal? I serve at the church on Sundays and open up my house to host our small group each week. My life’s work is focused on serving and using the gifts that God has given me. Yet, at home, I don’t make that same effort. I often let being tired distract me from the work that needs to be done.

Matthew 25:29 says that those who use the gifts given to them well will have an abundance. This isn’t about an abundance of money. When we put aside trying and begin doing the work, we are rewarded. When we love those around us, love is returned to us abundantly. When we spend more time investing in our family, we have more abundant relationships. This brings glory to our Lord. Just as the master in the parable celebrated with his faithful and wise servants, so will our Lord celebrate with us in heaven.

Reflection Questions:

  1. How does the parable of the talents challenge your perspective on your spiritual gifts?
  2. Are you investing your gifts in ways that bring a return for God’s kingdom?
  3. How can you be more intentional about using your gifts for God’s purposes and glory?