FRIDAY (3/26/21)

My name is Marty McGinn. My wife Corey and I are in the Friday night
North by Northwest Home Group. We are new to Riverside and live in
Niles, Michigan with our four children ages 9-17.

  • Today’s reading is Matthew 25:14-30, where Jesus is teaching his disciples about the kingdom of heaven using terms which his disciples could understand.

Interestingly, a talent in this context is referring to a weight of money.
According to Wikipedia, a talent was worth about 6,000 denarii. Since a
denarius was the usual payment for a day’s labor, then one talent was
worth 16 years of work—hundreds of thousands of dollars in today’s
money! The word talent today usually refers to having a special ability.
That is also related to this passage, because God is the source of our
abilities. He gives, and He also holds us accountable.

Jesus is investing in us and with us. He does not give everyone the same
thing. I love how his response to the man with 5 talents is the same as the
one with 2 talents. Both were faithful to invest what He had entrusted
to them, and both were praised and entrusted with more. Then a man
who was only entrusted with one talent (which is still plenty of money)
just buried it in the ground.

Here are some questions for you to ponder today:

  • What has God entrusted to you that is of value? See 1 Peter 1:7
  • Have you been faithful to use what He has entrusted to you for His glory?