February 8, 2017
This morning I was reading Matthew 25 and the second half of the chapter is the Parable of the Talents. A person is going on a long trip so he entrusts five talents (money) with one servant, two with another and one with the last. When the master returns from his trip, both the first and second servants have doubled what was given them. The third person had just hidden the talent so that he could give it back when the master returned. The master was pleased with the first and second servants and blessed them with even more, but was angry with the third and took everything away from him.
When I was younger I always thought this was such a harsh reaction to the third servant. While he didn't make the master any money, he also didn't lose him any money. As I have gotten older and looked at it again, I see it from a new perspective. The servant was given something. If you don't use what you are given, why should you be able to hold on to it?
God has given us many gifts and He expects us to use them. This includes our time, our talents and our treasure. God has blessed us with the ability to do things. We don't all have the same talents, but we all have talents. As I look at high school students the one thing that bothers me the most is when they do not try. I don't mind if a student tries and fails, but to not try is against what God wants for us. He wants us to use the talents He has given us. I want to encourage everyone, including myself, to try. To make the effort to use the talents God gives us. He is with us, why should we be afraid?
Mr. Robert Koehne