To each individual the manifestation of the Spirit is given for some benefit.

1 Cor 12:7

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We return to the story of the three servants and their use of talents to which they were entrusted by their master.  We do so with the above words of St. Paul in mind.

Yes, in us is a gift or gifts designed for use, and for service to others, given to advance God’s desires for us and for all.

With that in mind, the servant who failed to faithfully use the talents that he was given was slothful in this way: he wasted what he had been given.

By not using what he was given, he was both faithless and wasteful.

So we ask: Are we using what God has given us, for we are given gifts for their divine use? Likewise, we ask: Do we use what we have been given for our glory, or for the glory of God? Do we serve God?  Or do we act as if God is our servant?

Yes, are we dismissive of God?  An arrogant ingrate?  Are we led by those who are?  Existing in a culture that is?

Those who are wasteful often manifest selfishness.  Frequently they are isolates – unable to make friends, give themselves to others, serve selflessly.

Yes, they are a far cry from Christ.  Indeed, dangerous to others.  Hurtful to others. Incoherent, inconsistent, untrustworthy, the opposite of what is good, moral, wise, sacrificial, self-giving?  They fail to lead in any sense of the word.

They often grossly over-estimate their ability, and equally often fail to see the needs of others or show any evidence of a relationship with God.

The wicked servant is wasteful and selfish.  Be not one who fails to use faithfully the gifts you are given.  Use them happily for the benefit of others and for the glory of God.

Ask yourself if we are a nation of good and faithful servants.

Do nothing out of selfishness or out of vainglory, rather humbly regard others as more important than yourself.

Phil 2:7

Are we led in our public lives by faithful servants humbly using the gifts of this land, this blessed country for the glory of God and the benefit of others?

Shalom.

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