As with the previous parable, this situation would have been familiar to Jesus’ audience. When the owner of a house went on a long journey, he would give his servants the responsibility of caring for his property. So, too, Jesus has gone away to heaven to prepare a place for us. In the meantime, He has given us talents—money, energy, and abilities. It’s interesting to me that the fellow who didn’t show responsibility was the one with only one talent. That’s often where the danger lies with us as well. The person who says, “I can’t sing. I can’t preach. I can’t do miracles, I can’t (add giftedness here),” often buries his one talent, whatever it might be. We all have been given at least one talent. “Not me,” you say. “I have no talents and no abilities. I can’t do anything.” Can you change a diaper? Sign up to help in the nursery. Can you listen? Call on people at the rest home. Can you cook? Seek to serve. Can you pray? Lift up others. You can do so much. The problem is the one-talent person has a tendency to bury it. Here, Jesus is telling us that we will give an account for that which has been entrusted to us. If you are one who doesn’t think you have been given much, you are one who needs to be especially careful that you don’t bury that which you do have. All of us make up the church and all of us have been given an opportunity to serve the most High God for His honor and His glory. How can you serve Him today?

PRAYER – I hereby surrender everything that I am, and have, and ever will be. I take my hands off of my life and release every relationship to You: every habit, every goal, my health, my wealth, and everything that means anything. I surrender it ALL to You. By faith I take my place at the Cross, believing that when the Lord Jesus was crucified, according to Your Word, I was crucified with Him; when He was buried, I was buried; when He was raised from the dead, I was raised with Him. I deny myself the right to rule and reign in my own life and I take up the Cross believing that You are in my and I in You. I thank You for saving me from my sins and myself. From this moment on I am trusting You to live Your life in me and through me, instead of me, to do what I can’t do, quit what I can’t quit, start what I can’t start, and–most of all–to be what I can’t be. I am trusting you to renew my mind and heal damaged emotions in Your time. I thank You now by faith for accepting me in the Lord Jesus, for giving me Your grace, Your freedom, Your joy, Your victory and Your righteousness as my inheritance. Even if I don’t feel anything, I know that Your Word is true; I am counting on Your Spirit to do what Your Word says– to set me free from myself, that Your resurrection life may be lived out through me, and that You may receive all the glory. I thank You and praise You for victory right now in Jesus’ name, Amen.