The Bible passage for meditation, prayer, and reflection for the week of February 23 – March 1, 2014, is Matthew 25: 14-30. The verse speaks of a master entrusting three servants with different sums of money (talents) to invest for him while away on a journey. The two servants that were given the most invested wisely providing additional wealth for their master when he returned from his journey. The servant given the least chose to do nothing and upon his master’s return shows no gain for his master. What does this mean?
14 “Forit will be like a mangoing on a journey, who called his servantsand entrusted to them his property.15 To one he gave fivetalents,to another two, to another one,to each according to his ability. Then hewent away.16 He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more.17 So also he who had the two talents made two talents more.18 But he who had received the one talent went anddug in the ground and hid his master's money.19 Nowafter a long time the master of those servants came andsettled accounts with them.20 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.’21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good andfaithful servant.You have been faithful over a little;I will set you over much. Enter intothe joy of your master.’22 And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here I have made two talents more.’23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’24 He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to bea hard man, reapingwhere you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed,25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Hereyou have what is yours.’26 But his master answered him, ‘Youwicked andslothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed?27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest.28 So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents.29 For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.30 Andcastthe worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that placethere will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ Matthew 25: 14-30(ESV)
Take some time this week to meditate on, prayer over, and reflect upon Matthew 25: 14-30. Jesus is the Master and his followers are the servants. Have you considered that God wants you, fellow believer, to grow His Kingdom? Are you the servant who chose to do nothing? Are you the servant with one talent? Faith is about relationship with Jesus. Develop your talent, Jesus is there to help, all you need to do is ask Him.