Using our Gifts
Read: Matthew 25:14-30
“I remind you to rekindle the gift of God which is within you…”
2 Timothy 1:6 (NRSV)
Most commentaries on the Parable of the Talents hardly mention the second servant. Even though the same words are used in praising him as the one who had been entrusted with more talents, the two-talented servant often goes unnoticed.
Most of are like the second servant, not necessarily all-stars but faithful in trying to use the talents that we have. We are seldom referred to as famous or great saints but we are the ones who get the often-unsung tasks done both in our churches and elsewhere. The world benefits greatly from the fidelity and dedication of these often unheralded people. It should be noted that the Master did not say, “Well done, successful and main servant.” He used the same words when commending both of them. He said, “Well done, good and faithful servant.” What is commendable is faithfully carrying the duties that God gives us, utilizing the amount of talents we have been given.
Our society seems to focus on being Number One and those in second place are often ignored but the truth is that only one person can be number one and often that isn’t one of us! Fortunately, God uses a different rating system: all He asks is that we do our best with those gifts that we have been given.