December 18, 2015

Matthew 25_23

Matthew 25:14-30

Studying God’s Word is like “gathering where you scattered no seed” (Matthew 25:24). Each time we study scripture God brings forth new discoveries and insights that illuminate his goodness and faithfulness.

Take Matthew 25:14-30 for example. When the master returns to collect his money, the first two servants respond, “Master, you delivered to me…” These two servants recognize the generosity of their master. They welcome his trust as both a gift and an opportunity to do something beneficial, and so their good and faithful actions reflect the goodness and faithfulness of their master.

The third servant responds, “Master, I knew you to be a hard man…” This servant does not recognize the master’s generosity. He misunderstands the master to be cruel and unjust. Out of fear, this wicked servant sees his talent as a burden and liability, something to be covered up and hidden away. His response reflects his ignorance and fear.

God, our master, gives to his servants a variety of gifts. He is faithful and good. Whenever we invest his gifts, God always brings forth a bountiful yield. All we need do is trust him enough to open our hearts and hands and share what he has given.

Prayer: Generous Master, teach us to share the gifts that you have so graciously entrusted to us, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Today’s devotion was written by Paulette McHugh, Associate Pastor at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Lexington, SC.

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