Discipleship: Gifts and talents

The parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-30) can be quite convicting, but sometimes we don’t get the full impact of what Jesus is telling us.  Christ is motivating us to use All of our resources, physical, spiritual, intellectual for the betterment of the church, our fellow believers.  It is the primary vehicle for us to demonstrate our love for one another.  Paul makes it quite clear in Romans 12 and beyond that we each are given gifts, at least one apiece, to be used for God’s kingdom here on earth, not for our self aggrandizement.  Servant leadership.  No one is to be esteemed more highly than another, unlike may be the case in our culture.  We must not let our ego get in the way of our service.  Christ is both our example and our call to obedience here.  “As you do for the least among you, you do for me.” (Matthew 25:45).   For some it will be jail visitation, for others, feeding the hungry or visiting the elderly.  For some it will be pastoring, or serving in the diaconate, for others it will working in the church kitchen or teaching our youth.  All are noble acts of servant leadership in God’s eyes.  A few of us may be able to combine our vocation with our calling, but Christ is calling us to serve our fellow Christians.  The world will know we are His followers by our love for one another. (John 13:35). “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.”

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