Today’s Journey Through the Bible Readings
Leviticus 6-7; Matthew 25:1-30
26 “His master replied, ‘You evil and lazy servant! You knew that I harvest grain where I haven’t sown and that I gather crops where I haven’t spread seed? 27 In that case, you should have turned my money over to the bankers so that when I returned, you could give me what belonged to me with interest. 28 Therefore, take from him the valuable coin and give it to the one who has ten coins. 29 Those who have much will receive more, and they will have more than they need. But as for those who don’t have much, even the little bit they have will be taken away from them. 30 Now take the worthless servant and throw him outside into the darkness’ (Matthew 25:26-30, Common English Bible).
Do you ever feel envious of someone else and the talents they have? I know I do. I would imagine you do too.
I play the guitar. Well, I probably should be a little more clear. I strum the guitar. I am far from a good guitar player, much less great.
There were two occasions I felt envious of the skill I was seeing when I watched a couple of old guitar solos.The first, an old episode of Hee-Haw was on and they featured a Roy Clark solo. Oh, how I wish I could play guitar like Roy Clark. His fingers seemed to fly across the strings and it resulted in some beautiful music.
The second time was also watching some old video too. Without question, Chuck Berry is one of the greatest guitar players of all time. I found myself wishing I had a tenth of his talent.
I sing bass with a barbershop chorus called “The Coastalaires.” I am not a great singer. At best, I do OK. I don’t have a solo quality voice. Still, I do enjoy singing with these guys. It isn’t unusual for me to feel envious of them. There are some great voices in that group.
I have said to more than a few people that if I could do anything I wanted to do in life, I would be the bass singer in a quartet like the Statler Brothers, the Oak Ridge Boys or some Southern Gospel quartet. I envy Harold Reid (Statler Brothers) and Richard Sterban (the Oak Ridge Boys).
Yes, when I hear those guys sing and play I get envious. But then, I ask myself, can those guys preach? Can they do wood carving or chalk drawings? Can they write a daily blog, poems or children’s stories? I could go on but…
In the lesson today, the master had entrusted financial assets to three servants. The first two, the two who received the most money, put what they had to work. Each doubled the master’s money. The third buried it in the ground. He didn’t use what he had.
I’m not sure if he was envious of what the first two had, but he didn’t use what he had and he ended up losing it. What a waste.
The same can happen to us. We all have gifts and talents God entrusts to us. You gotta use what ya got or you just might lose it.
God has blessed me with many talents. I am not a stand out with any. In every case, there are those who are better, much better. Still, it doesn’t matter how good I am as much as it matters that I use the things the Master has entrusted to me. You see, in the end, ya gotta use what ya got!
Have a blessed day in the Lord.
With Joy and Thankfulness,
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