Parable of the Talents: Let’s Sort Out the Talents

One of the reasons this parable is popular is also the reason for the prevailing lack of understanding of what Jesus is saying in it. What we make talent to mean keeps us from seeing what the parable is actually showing us.

To us, a talent is something someone is especially good at doing. It’s a sort of natural or psychological endowment that sets one apart from others.

However, these meanings are wrong both in the historical sense of the word and the context of what Jesus is telling us in this parable. As a matter of course, it means … Read the rest

Parable of the Talents: Let’s Sort Out the Servant

Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours,’” (Matthew 25:24-25, NKJV).

We need to understand this servant’s issue. I mean, what stung him in the unmentionable that made him not to have the perception the other two servants have of their master? Or he had but lost it?

The lost son thought of … Read the rest

A Vital Ingredient for a Successful Relationship

Something vital is simply abundantly important. It’s just something you can’t do without. When such is missing, it’s either others functionings are impossible or one becomes a sitting duck – of course, whichever of the states would be just fine with the enemy but it’s not what God wants.

However, God does always makes sure that the instructions we need for us to be safe and success are always as previous as He is. Or of what use would a sign placed after the danger zone be to us?

Agreement.

That’s the ingredient I’m pointing at here. Tag it … Read the rest