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Attitude Check – Reflection for 19 NOV 2017

Stained glass (detail) from the parable of the Talents, St Edward the Martyr's Church, Corfe Castle, Dorset, England. Flickr CC / Romano

We have all heard about the parable of the servants and the master giving them money before he left on a trip. We know two of the servants invested and had a return and the third servant was foolish in burying his one talent. Sermons galore have spoken to the issue of investing your talents and or recognizing your talents. They encourage you to make use of your one? Talent.

I have come to the conclusion that the parable is not about investing talents, rather it is about attitude and perspective. I tell you right off the bat which servant had the best ‘can do’ attitude, the first one, right? The second servant also had a good attitude, but more than likely was occasionally prone to the ‘poor me‘ syndrome, but still a good fellow. I do not have to stretch my imagination very far to what the third servant was like to be around. Mr. doom and gloom, nothing is going right, everybody hates me, I am going to eat some worms. Yech! Hey, the master took a chance with the fellow and gave him one talent to use, to see what results would be achieved.

Listen to the servant number three, not from the other two, “I knew you to be a hard master” if so why didn’t the others mention this, that “you reap where you don’t sow and gather where you don’t scatter,” is it any wonder that the master is cross eyed with this servant?

Father Ed, I don’t like where this is going, you just might be meddling in my life. You can see the question that is being asked, can’t you.

Attitude about what we believe to be true effects and affects our lives, our worship, our relationship with God, our relationship with each other. God says judgement is His, yet when we engage in attitude of the third servant, we just set ourselves up to be handing out judgement, in doing so we begin to miss the blessing our Father has for us. We miss out on the joy of life and the hope of life eternal. We do it to ourselves, just as the third servant did to himself.
Do you believe that God so loved the world that he gave his only son to die for our sins? If so, then rejoice and again I say rejoice. In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, REJOICE!!!