“‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!” (Matthew 25:23 NLT).


This is from the Parable of the Talents. Matthew’s gospel has this parable arranged in alignment with Jesus’ discussion of end times in chapter 24 and nested between His Parable of the Ten Virgins and His discussion of the judgment of the sheep and goats. Its placement and the parable itself point to the truth that Jesus will return and expect an accounting of our stewardship. God has entrusted certain gifts and abilities to each of us that are to be invested and used. He cares about our work. He wants us to be busy using what He has entrusted to us. How we manage our 3 Ts (Time, Talent, and Treasure) matter to God.
PRAYER: Dear Lord, thank You for calling us to follow You and join in the Father’s work. Forgive our slowness to trust. Forgive our fear of living the life of the open hand–– one hand open to You and one hand open to others–– so that Your blessings pass to us and through us to others. Help us to invest our lives fully into that which has eternal significance. In Jesus’ name, Amen.