The Parable of the Talents On the Ground

My ministry and my talents aren't impressive, but I'm called to be faithful with what he's given me. Although it's tempting to pay attention to what others with more talents and bigger ministries are doing, God has called us to pay attention to what we're doing, and to be faithful with what he's given us. What we have may not be much, but it's enough for us to be faithful. Then perhaps we'll hear Jesus say, "Well done, good servant!". Faithfulness, even in small places, counts for eternity

--Darryl Dash--

In a previous life, I was attempting to gain a record contract as a musician.  Back in those days it was the "Holy Grail" of being in a band. . . to get a record deal.  I used to really hate it when established recording artists would come down from their high perch atop the music industry and tell all of us commoners to "bloom where you're planted", and "be faithful where you are". Easy for them to say, right?  The same thing happens in church ministry when those who have large, thriving churches tell pastors to "not worry about size" and "let God worry about the breadth of your ministry".   

Sometimes it can be self-serving for those who have "success" to tell others to not pursue "success", but I've also seen a lot of wisdom in those words over the years.  Those thoughts are not just a crutch to lean on when things aren't going well ("it's ok. . . size isn't the issue"). No, the concept of Faithfulness is really THE issue when it comes to Christian ministry.  There is great joy in releasing the results of your life's work to God.  There is peace in realizing that we don't determine the outcome of things like we often think we do.  When Jesus told the Parable of the Talents, (Luke 19:11-27) showing how God gives us all different capacities, gifts, and positions, . . . . it wasn't a crutch either. That parable is reality. . . comfort. . . . . life. . . . direction,. . . . help.  That parable helps release us from the trap of "success".  

In America, we don't want to hear this.  We don't want to hear that we have a different capacity than someone else.  We don't want to hear that all of our dreams might not come true.  We don't want to hear that we can't do whatever we put our mind to.  In the church, we don't want to hear that God has "small" plans for us that will be huge in his eternal story.   Darry Dash has a really helpful piece about the parable of the talents and ministry HERE(quote above).   

Let's humble ourselves under the hand of the God who gives gifts, and who is the architect of our lives.