Stewardship may be about much more than you think. The Parable of the Talents is a great lesson in what it really means to be a steward. Here’s how the story starts: “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted property to them. To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents and to another one talent, each according to ability. Then he went on his journey.” – Matthew 25:14-15 (NIV) In reading these verses, some important themes pop up right away:
- The master owns the money. “Talent” is used as a currency term. The story is about money. Everyone knows the master owns it.
- Each servant has the trust of the master. The master’s business depends on the servant’s productiveness in his absence.
- Each servant has freedom to manage their money. With it, they have an opportunity to demonstrate their abilities.
- The master chooses the unequal distribution of talents. Not equal gifts, but equal opportunity.
During this season of the year, we thank God for the many blessings which have been bestowed upon us. We give because God first gave to us. May our giving truly be in proportion to our receiving. The leadership of our church is calling upon the entire congregation to enter a three-week season of prayer and personal devotion, beginning on Sunday, October 29th, 2017. The purpose of this season will be to seek the will of God concerning the manner in which we support our church through our prayers, our presence, our gifts, our service, and our witness.
You are invited to participate, and a devotional guide is available to assist you. Please click on the following link to download the guide and begin reading along with us: 21-day Devotional