Twenty-fourth Sunday after Pentecost — November 19, 2017
Investing Our Gifts
The parable of the ten talents is often looked at through a lens that emphasizes the value of economic prosperity. However, the financial outcome is not the motivation behind this gospel story. In this passage, more important than the value of money is the value of action.
Three workers are given a significant amount of money from their employer. Two of them find a way to make this money into more money, while the third takes the money and puts it somewhere for safekeeping. Now, instead of money, let’s look at the actions of each of these workers in the absence of the employer. Two of the workers find a way to take what is given to them and make it into more. The third worker, however, spends his time digging a hole to keep what is given to him safe, out of sight of the world.
This is not what God wants us to do. The gifts that God has given to us are to be used within the world to allow the kingdom of God to be felt by those of us walking on this earth. If we take the gifts that God has given to us and hide them from the world, we are not living out the lives that God calls us to live.
As a follower of Christ, what gifts have you been hiding that the world desperately needs to see? How can you invest the gifts that God has given to you today?
Greg Behrend, 2017 graduate, Moravian Theological Seminary