In Pastor Craig’s message, “The Wasted Talent” he shares how the parables of Jesus are difficult and the one found in Matthew 25: 14-30 is particularly so. The interpretive key to parables is they’re teaching us about the Kingdom of God. In the case of the Matthew 25 the “talents” are money. “Money makes the world go round,” sang Liza Minnelli in the 1966 musical hit Cabaret – and we might agree. But Jesus does not agree because the Kingdom of God does not revolve around money. It is God’s mercy (grace) which is the gravitational pull of the Kingdom of God — grace is what saves and sustains us and everything.
Grace fuels God’s world and God’s purposes; grace also is the fuel by which disciples live. Every time you come upon the word “talents” in Matthew 25 replace the word with “grace” and you will be on your way to understanding the Parable of the Talents. You will understand that those who use love (grace), will get more of it; what a shame it is and how tragic the outcome when someone buries and ignores the love (grace) of God. We can take the risk to live in God’s mercy here and now – because God’s got us now and forever.
This program will guide you through our worship service.
The Parable of the Talents
Jesus tells a parable about his second coming, indicating that it is not sufficient merely to maintain things as they are. Those who await his return should make good use of the gifts that God has provided them.