The Horizontal & Vertical Dimensions of Purpose

For 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 person’s … Read the rest

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