What we believe and who we are shows by the way we live.
James 2:14-26 tells us that works (service) are evidence of our salvation. In Matthew 25:14-30, Jesus tells a parable about three servants. The Master is leaving for an undetermined amount of time. He entrusts one servant with five talents (a talent was a unit of coin), the second servant two talents, and the third one talent. The first two doubled what the Master had given them. Notice what Jesus said to them “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.” The third servant buries his one talent. Why? He fears and doesn’t trust the Master. The worthless servant was cast “into the outer darkness. In that place, there will be gnashing of teeth.”
The third servant was given the same opportunity as the other two servants. He decided not to do anything with the gift offered to him by the Master. He knew what the Master expected of him, but had no desire to live in obedience to the Master. James 2:14-16 states that faith without works (service) is dead. When a person makes a “profession of faith” and no transformation happens, they are like the third servant. The gift has been offered to them, but they bury it and then do nothing with it.
I don’t know about you, but I have a strong desire to hear my God and Master say to me “well done good and faithful servant…enter into the joy of your Master.” That is the greatest blessings anyone could ever receive!
Today in Prayer
- Pray for God to reveal your Spiritual Gifts and/or open your eyes to ways you can better use them.
- Pray for opportunities to use your gifts to glorify God.