14 “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his property to them.
Notice that the servants were his and the talents—the property he entrusted to them—were his.
15 To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey.
16 The man who had received the five talents went at once and put his money to work and gained five more. 17 So also, the one with the two talents gained two more. 18 But the man who had received the one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.
19 “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. 20 The man who had received the five talents brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have gained five more.’
21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
22 “The man with the two talents also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two talents; see, I have gained two more.’
23 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
24 “Then the man who had received the one talent came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you .’
26 “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? 27 Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.
28 “ ‘Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents. 29 For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. 30 And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Esther and Mordecai: The Mordecai Principle
14 For if you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. And who knows but that you have come to royal position for such a time as this?”
Everyone wants to be Esther “raised up” at an important moment. But God is calling for more Mordecais.
Categories: Spiritual Formation
Today’s sermon spoke to me in a big way. I am referring to the part about feeling “invisible” and not feeling like I am overly talented in any specific area. The spotlight never goes on me. What I learned from you Pastor, is that if it pleases God for me to be “invisible” then so be it.
Thanks for sharing Imogene! It is a hard pill to swallow but an important one. It has made all the difference for me. In fact, God has since sent many “Esthers” my way. I am blessed at your transparency Imogene!
I would add one thing Imogene and that is that at first it is a sacrifice on our part to give up OUR vision. But eventually, He leads us to to genuinely value His plan for us and it’s no longer a sacrifice but precious. Just pray it in and allow your definition of what is successful to be shaped by what God says is success.
Thank you for your very encouraging words!
You are welcome Imogene!