Are You Using Your Gifts to Serve God? The Parable of the Talents.
This Sunday is to pray for thanks to all the priests or all the departed priests. We pray for all the priests who served the churches — those who departed and are living in heaven, and also the living ones.
We also have to put in our minds something very important related to this day. Matthew 10:42, it says “And whoever shall give to drink to one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, truly I say to you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.”
Similarly, in Matthew chapter 25, Jesus talked of the parable of the talents, or the gifts. Typically, it took 30 years to earn one talent in those days. So, in this parable, Jesus meant it as a valuable and spiritual meaning.
God gives all of us a gift, and we should exchange these gifts while we are alive.
The parable begins with each servant being given according to his ability. Then, tThe first one says he doubled his five talents. The second one also doubled his two talents. To both, the Lord said “ Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” (Matthew 25:23)
I want to tell you about three key things in this parable:
1. The very first mistake the third person made was compare himself to the other two. When we compare ourselves to others rather than invest, we accomplish nothing.
When God gives you something, he knows what he gives you. He wants you to focus on what you have in your hand, rather than compare yourself to others. There is no one among us who has no talent.
When you serve God, He will never forget anything you do in His name. Be faithful to everything He gives you, and you will see how God will reward you and bless you.
2. The second thing I want to warn you, is don’t hide your talents. When you hide your talents or hold them back, you are telling God “it is no good, so I will not trade my talents with others.” We must find time for God in our schedule to serve Him.
Every single thing you do, talent you have, if you treat it well, God will bless you.
3. And number three, no matter how much the master will be delayed, one day He is coming. Don’t forget that. The person who thinks of the judgement day is always investing in his spiritual talent because he knows life is nothing. If you think one day you are leaving, you will work hard to serve God.
If you don’t improve your talent, your talent will get very old.
Finally, please remember — The true value of your talent is demonstrated by how many people you are taking to Jesus. How many souls are you saving? The value of your talent is equal to the value of the number of people you bring to Jesus.
While today is about all the priests, it is also about all the Christian people. Ask what talents you have and how will you invest your talent, serve God and serve your church.
Learn more in Father Andrew’s sermon video here.
May 21, 2023