Bible Reading: Mathew 25:14-30

14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.

15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.

16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.

17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.

18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.

19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them

20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.

21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou 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.

22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them

23 His lord said unto him, 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.

24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:

25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine

26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:

27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.

28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.

29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.

30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.


A call to trustworthiness” could be a fitting alternative title for the “Parable of the Talents”.,. Each servant was entrusted with a portion of the Master’s property, each according to his ability (vs.15). What encouragement can you draw from this? Do we realize that God knows our abilities and entrusts us with tasks and responsibilities which we are well capable, with His help, to accomplish? Two categories of servants emerge: those who invested their portions and the one who refused to invest. What do you think motivated each of them? Each servant gave an account of their stewardship of money and time. The first and second servants did that promptly and gladly (vs.20&22) and each received the same commendation from the master (vs.21&23). What other benefits follow trustworthiness? The unfaithful servant had to tell a long story. Excuses (vs.24-25), pure laziness, and wickedness (v.26)! He was judged by his own words (v.27). What do you learn from his end  (vs.28-30)? We should note that accountability will always be required of us for all that have been entrusted to us.  And So? Take time and reflect on how you have performed as a  steward of the things entrusted to your money, time, family, work, your health, relationships, and many others.

Missions: UKRAINE-Light in the East, SGA, SEND, IMB and others faithfully served the persecuted church before 1989 and continue to do so today. More have flocked to the country since then, but all too often with insensitivity to local cultural and financial issues. God rescued this nation from the grip of communism, pray that the Church will be established.

Prayer: Lord, grant me the grace to be found trustworthy in all that you have entrusted in my hands.

Bible In One Year: Daniel 4-6

Verse for Today: For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. (Matt. 25:29)


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