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But the man who had received one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground, and hid his master’s money.  Matthew 25:18 HCSB

The Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30) inspires us to ponder what we do with what God entrusts to us.  The story tells of three servants assigned to manage portions of their master’s wealth. Two servants take these resources, invest them wisely, and double their initial amounts.  The master is pleased and praises their efforts. But the parable’s focus falls on the third man who elects to do nothing with what he was given.  While the first two servants are praised, the last is renounced for “burying his talent.” 

What has God entrusted to you?  Any congregation, including ours, will increase its effectiveness by greater utilization of the God-given capabilities of its people.  But are you “burying your talent?”  Consider this: When you “bury your talent”, you also “bury the blessings.”

While our church needs folks with abilities in teaching, administration, organization, compassion, prayer, construction, cooking, and numerous other spiritual gifts, I want to feature the re-launch of our sanctuary choir ministry as an example of the blessings that come with investing your talents. When people with the gift of song offer it in worship ministry….

…The Lord is Blessed!  The two servants who doubled their investment were told to Share your master’s joy!   When our songs and acts of obedient service are lifted to the Lord, they bring joy to our Lord’s heart that spills back over onto us. 

…Others are Blessed! When we honor the Lord, others around us benefit.  Within the choir itself, there is the blessing of creating beautiful offerings of music together.  During worship, our congregation has the joy of hearing God speak through these sounds.  And our guests receive a favorable first impression of our church.

…You are Blessed!  In the parable, the master says to the two favorable servants:  You were faithful over a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.(Matthew 25:21, 23) The simple truth is that the people most blessed by the songs in the sanctuary are the same ones who give the song.

Several years ago, a friend offered to show me a great kindness.  When I courteously responded that I did not intend for him to do this, he snapped back, “Don’t try to steal my blessing!” 

Has the Lord given you the gift of song?  Don’t bury your talent!  Don’t let anything steal your blessing!  Be a blessing to the Lord, to others, and to yourself.  Choir rehearsals launch Wednesday evening, July 28 at 6:45 in the sanctuary.  I look forward to the offerings of song.







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