Daily Devotional for September 22nd
"...Well done, thou good and faithful servant..."
— Matthew 25:21
The five-talented men are the geniuses of the world; successful in everything they touch. The two-talented men, on the one hand, are not exposed to the temptations of genius, but are not quite at the minimum. But why did the man with the one talent make such ill use of his gift?
Surely this is a true touch of life! One-talented people can do so little that they do nothing. They are crushed by a sense of their own inferiority. Many start life with high and pure aims, but presently, they find their opportunities so meager, their influence so limited, their power to scanty, that after a few struggles they give up in despair.
Five men can put the whole energy of their manhood behind their single talents, while the one man with the five talents has only the driving power of one. It is probably a greater thing in God's sight to use one talent faithfully than many. No one notices the man with his humble one talent. There is no outburst of praise or cheering.
It is a greater test of the quality of the soul to go on doing one small thing well than to be able to turn brilliantly from one talent to another. The monotony of life presses hard on those who have only one string to their bow, one tune to play, one act to perform in the great factory where labor is carefully subdivided. But the one thing that our Lord demands of us is to be faithful, faithful in a very little. He is watching each of us with great eagerness as we live our daily life because He knows, as we cannot realize, how much our position in the other world depends on our fidelity in this one. It is for our sake that HE is so anxious that we should make good use of our talent.
Have you only one talent? Are you doing anything with it? Remember, it is the ounce-weight that may turn the scales where hundred-weights are balanced. It is the tiny tug that can move the great liner. Be faithful in the very little, and you shall receive the "Well done" of your Lord.
— F. B. Meyer
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from the Authorized King James Version