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The Rev. Dr. Robert Bowman: “The Parable of the Ten Talents” (Matthew 25:14-30)

December 28, 2008

This past week’s sermon on the Parables of our Lord from the Rev. Dr. Robert Bowman of St. Luke’s REC in California is The Parable of the Ten Talents, based on Matthew 25:14-30.  Dr. Bowman points out that each of us has a definite responsibility in the Kingdom, and our highest calling is to do what we can, and have been given to do, and doing it wholeheartedly.  I really appreciate what he says about faithfulness being of primary importance:

The Lord Jesus illustrates His point here by saying that the person with what seems to be the least responsibility, shows that it is faithfulness, and not relative importance that is important here. The Lord Jesus is challenging every one of us at the deepest level of our personal commitment. Am I committed to being faithful in every area of life? Psalm 119:1. The parable brings us face to face with the question, Am I using the talent given me to work for Christ’s Kingdom until He comes again? Am I faithful in using the talent He has given me, whether it be one talent, two or five? In what ways? We have a responsibility to multiply and extend the Kingdom of God. The Lord has a right to a return on His investment in us when He comes again. Will you hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant,” on the Great and Terrible Day of the Lord?

This is definitely a helpful message for any of us who may be struggling with their perceived lack of results in their labors for the Kingdom.  Sometimes we may be called simply to be faithful, and the results of what we do are ultimately known only by God.  This is a most helpful message, if one has the time to listen, and it is not that long a sermon–about 21 minutes.

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