Thursday, 6 February 2014

Testing 123 testing (using talents)

Mattew 25:12-29

jsdssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssThere are thousands of tests in the world that are all tryign to tell us somthign differnet. There are tests in school to tell you how well you are learning the subjects being taught. IQ tests that tell you how logical you are and how well you use that logic. Personality tests that tell you how you should react in certain situations and how you could change for the better. Are all these tests really needed in the world?

When Jesus christ was also on the earth he talked about tests and the outcome of tests as well. Its usually know as the parable of the talents. In this parable, a man needs travels into a far off country; so while he is gone he tests some of his servants to see how useful they are to him. He gives them each a different sum of money and expects them to have put in time and effort to gaining more (you can see this in verses 24-25 when the servant is apologising for only having the one talent he was given) 

In this parable the man is testing each of them to see what they are capable of and as a result he rewards each of them according to what he has done. He gives the same reward to both the servant that made him an extra 5 talents and to the servant that only made him 2 talents. He doesn't mind that one made more money than the other only that they both worked hard for him. That was the purpose of this test. However with the 3rd servant he is unhappy because he says in verse 26 (I will modernise it a little) "You knew I would come back and ask for more"

The kingdom of heaven is the same. God has given each of us talents, abilities and influence and he expects us to develop them and improve on them. otherwise "The number one rule to an amazing gift is: use it or lose it"

Are we developing what gifts we have or are we simply putting our heads in the sand and waiting for our master to come home?

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