Twenty-Fourth Sunday After Pentecost
Week of: November 19, 2017
Scripture: Matthew 25:14-30
For to all those who have, more will be given ...
(Matthew 25:29a NRSV)
“For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away.”
YIKES! That doesn’t feel good, does it? But, what if … just what if, God has already innately given everyone what they need to thrive, and given it to them in abundance? If we are truly made in God’s image, and called supremely good by God — what if we have all we need to thrive and grow in the world already? What if we have already been given the conditions in which growth is possible?
Could it be that God intends for us to take the talents we’ve been given, in whatever measure we have them, and develop them for the further realization of God’s dream for us and for creation? And, as worship artists, are we not called to create the space for others' talents to be used, grown and multiplied? We are the ones who are called to help others develop their talents, so when that day comes, God will say to us and to those whom God has entrusted to us, “Well done, good and faithful servants.”
God, you have given us so much, all that we need, and for that we are deeply grateful. Help us to be the people who carve out space for the growth of the talents of others. Amen.
Executive Minister of Worship and Arts
Grace Avenue United Methodist Church