Posted by: pastormikemcdowell | February 18, 2014

February 18, 2014 “The Greatest And Best Talent”

“To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. ” (Matthew 25:15)

Good Morning Faithful friends!

“And the Oscar goes to…”  “Winning the gold medal is…”   “This year’s Super Bowl Champions are”…The grand champion breed is”…”The tastiest chili this year was cooked by…” We’re in a season of awards these days…be it sports champions, thespian honors, dog shows, or even chili cook-offs. People are being recognized for their gifts, talents, and abilities. Everyone likes to be recognized for an outstanding achievement or a talent they possess. It makes us feel proud when a particular talent we have is appreciated by others, and unless we really let it go to our heads, that’s not a bad thing. From the time we were little, a pat on the back, or a “great job” written on a school assignment, or even a little stand where we could place a bowling trophy (by the way…I had one of those), will usually bring forth a sense of accomplishment and a feeling of well-being. Talents are God-given, and are meant to be used primarily for His glory and not our own self-aggrandizement. So how does winning a bowling trophy or a chili cook-off honor God? It delights Him as he sees what we do with the gifts given to us. It pleases the heart of God when His children do what he created them to do. It is to his honor when we increase that which we possess through diligent effort. The “talents” Jesus speaks of in Matthew’s gospel are, of course, sums of money, and the servants given charge of those talents are expected by the master who distributed them to bring an increase back to him. They are to be good stewards of that which had been entrusted to them. Be it money or ability, we are to be good stewards of the talents God has given each one of us. Did you know, that just like athletic ability or musical ability or cooking ability, prayer ability should also be regarded as a “talent” from our Lord and Master? Theologian Alexander Whyte wrote,

The greatest and best talent that God gives to any man or woman in this world is the talent of prayer.”

God has given each of us a talent of prayer. We all have it, and like the servants mentioned in matthew’s gospel, we are expected to increase that talent. The athlete trains, the musician practices, the cook experiments, and the prayer prays! That’s how it works. We get better at it, more accustomed to it, more effective in it as we use it to communicate with God. You have been given a great talent. Don’t let it sit dormant. Put it to use and see the increase! Let’s pray!

O Lord God; You have blessed us in so many immeasurable ways. You have given us the greatest, best talent of prayer. may we use it every day until people recognize the change it makes in our lives and desire it for themselves all the more. this we pray in Jesus’ Holy Name. Amen!

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