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