In the parable of the talents (Matt 24:14-30), each servant is given a certain number of talents, or currency. Some used those talents to increase the number, and one hid it away, not producing anything. When we think about the resources, gifts, and talents God gives us today, how are we using them to produce fruit and bring about the Kingdom?
April Sylvester is a SAMS missionary serving in Zambia through a Gap Year Program. She disciples and ministers to students. Recently, she gathered materials to make a couch. She was able to get some free pallets, which she sanded and varnished. Then bought some foam to create the cushions. Her neighbors and students were happy to help. One of her students reacted to her project:
“You know we learn a lot from you, April,” said her student.
“How is that?” she asked.
“Well, for one, we see you working over there on your couch. It shows us that we don’t have to wait for other people or money to do things. We can do it ourselves.”
April’s student is right. We don’t need to wait for others or money, but we can use what God has given us in order to create something good.
Instead of hiding it away for herself, April shares her skills, knowledge, and talents with others. April teaches yoga and swimming to the students that she disciples. By using her skills that are instilled in her by God, she is able to connect with her students and share the love of Christ.
What gifts has God given you and how are you using them to further his kingdom?
April Sylvester is involved in an outreach ministry to Zambian youth that involves discipleship and mission training.
We see you working over there on your couch. It shows us that we don’t have to wait for other people or money to do things. We can do it ourselves.