Saturday, May 12th, 2012
Your Talent (Part 1)
For the Kingdom of Heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them.
Matthew 25:14 (NKJV)
In the Book of Matthew, the Parable of the Talents is the last parable: the final story Jesus told us in human form. In the book of our lives, the talent industry may be the last frontier--the means by which our Lord will conclude the story. But this time in His role as the Lord of lords, and to every nation and every person.
Like the lord in the parable, Jesus left us and traveled back to His homeland: a far country too beautiful to imagine. He has given us, His servants, great talents to invest and multiply before His return. Consider His great commission in all four Gospels:
Matthew 28:18-20: 'Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations' (v.19).
Mark 16:15-18: 'Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature' (v.15).
Luke 24:44-49: 'Repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations' (v.47).
John 20:19-23: 'As the Father has sent Me, I also send you' (v.21).
Here's the thing: media reaches all nations. Through the covering of the World Wide Web and advancements in communication technology, the world can see and hear Jesus in us, His performers. We are the standard bearers in His army of light. Our image is the flag people follow.
Here's another thing: 'talents' were money in ancient times. Today's usage of the word 'talent' describes riches as well. But they are inside of us. They are His gifts to us. God is making His dividend plan clear.
Therefore, the Parable of the Talents in Matthew 25:14-30 must be studied closely. It is a straight-forward story, describing our gifts and our duty, our punishment for failure, and our reward for success. The King will be returning soon, and He gave us a great commission.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Your Talent series.