Since the year 2000, Capital One Financial has been promoting its credit card services by asking the question, “What’s in your wallet?” The company chose this question as its marketing approach for a good reason. The stuff in our wallet represents financial security, purchasing power, and prosperity. Further, if we do not feel confident about what’s in our wallet, perhaps we need to reevaluate its content.
That wallet is physical. Let’s look to a few scriptures for some parallel spiritual guidance.
Recalling the Parable of the Talents in Matthew 25:14-29, Jesus tells us about the five-talent man, the two-talent man and the one-talent man. Two of the men used their talents wisely, and they were rewarded. However, the one-talent man chose not to use what was given to him, but instead buried his talent in the ground. He chose not to use it at all! As a result, it was taken from him.
How about each of us? The Parable of the Talents illustrates the faithfulness required of God’s servants. How would you rate your stewardship of the talents God has given you?
The elders hope to change the old adage that 20% of the membership does 80% of the work. From our viewpoint, Lehman has an abundance of talented, eager Christians that are ready to work for the Lord! We have compiled the forms that each of you were asked to complete a few months ago. (If you did not complete a form, please do that promptly!) Using our new Vision Groups, the elders have identified seven (7) areas of emphasis – each area having a positive impact on evangelism. Thus, from these forms, our Vision Group leaders will soon be connecting our talented members with their desired areas of emphasis. Luke 12:43 says, “Blessed is that servant whom his master will find so doing when he comes.” Doing what? As always, consider the context. Verse 42 has the answer: “Who then is that faithful and wise steward…”
Ultimately, we’re not talking about wallets, but, “What’s in your heart?” In Luke 12:48, Jesus concludes His discussion on the faithful steward by saying, “For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required: and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more.” In the days and months to come, let us show the folks in our community what truly is in our hearts. Let each of us resolve to use our talents to bring someone to Christ, to help lift a heavy load, or even just brighten someone’s day.