we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God
prepared in advance for us to do. (Ephesians 2:10, NIV)
The fact that a lot of believers
talk about purpose and its fulfillment doesn’t mean that they understand what
purpose really is. At the risk of setting out on a controversial note, I’d take
the stand that most people I’ve talked with about purpose do not have the right idea of what it is. Mind you, they
have ideas but it’s the right one that’s missing.
Purpose is not one thing that a
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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
“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
The lost son thought of … Read the rest