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Each According to His Ability

Matthew 25:15

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To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey.

Matthew 25:15 NIV

This parable tells us about a wealthy man who went on a journey. Before he left, he entrusted three of his servants with some money to manage for him. When he returned from his trip, he called each of his servants to give an account of their stewardship. Two had wisely managed what their master had left them and were rewarded. The third had not and was punished.

This parable challenges us to be faithful stewards of what God has entrusted each of us with. But you will notice here that the servants were not all given the same amount to work with. Some had more, and others had less. What the master gave them to do was according to their ability. But not their reward. Their reward was based on what they had done with what they were given. The one starting with two bags received the same reward as the one who started with five bags.

God knows each of us who are following the Lord Jesus. He knows our abilities and what we are capable of. You might be very talented and gifted, able to serve the Lord in significant ways. Or you might be less talented and gifted with a more limited range of opportunities to serve. But your talents and gifts are not as important as what you do with them. Be faithful in the much or little you have been given. That is what our master cares about. Not what or how much you have done. But how faithful you have been with what you were given.

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Ed Jarrett

Just an old clay jar that God continues to see fit to use in his kingdom's work. I am retired, married with 2 children, and 4 grandchildren. I have followed Jesus for many years. And I love to share what He has given me from His word.

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