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In Matthew 25.14-30, Jesus tells the Parable of the Talents to illustrate the Kingdom of Heaven. Remember that He had instructed that we should pray for the Kingdom of Heaven to come to Earth, in Matthew 6.10, where, He said, the will of God would be done just like in Heaven. The three servants receiving the talents might be viewed as a body’s limbs receiving “motor” impulses from the Head, using Paul’s picture from Ephesians 1.22-23, and sending back “sensory” impulses through the 43 pairs of nerves in the human nervous system (see The Spiritual Nervous System for 170219 at www.sozoclass.com). For example, your two legs run to the scope and sequence of motor and sensory impulses to and from the quadriceps and calf (gastrocnemius and soleus) muscles in each. The servant receiving five talents ran faster and, thus, farther than the one receiving two, to complete the illustration. So, why did the servant receiving the single talent, motor impulse, not return with two, a like sensory response?
One of several explanations might be his misunderstanding of the motor impulse. In his prayer of Ephesians 1.15-23, Paul for understandings of the “hope of His calling”, of His “rich inheritance in the saints”, and of His “exceeding great power toward” believers (verses 18-19). Herein we have the formula for success in any endeavor: hope = (understanding of the requirements for hope and of the available resources) x (effort made to contemplate these, expressed in desired exponential). The exponential ‘effort made to contemplate’ might include dialogue with someone knowledgeable about aspects or views of the hope and how the resources have been or might be effectively combined to produce the hope. For example, the hope of self- driving vehicles is resulting from the thoughtful combination of hardware and software produced by many different technologists, in group, overcoming each new barrier that clouds the dream. The third servant was unwilling to challenge his perceived barrier to obeying the king, with a disastrous result.
Now, to return to the spiritual lesson, Jesus, the Head, sends motor impulses through the Holy Spirit to prompt our (the body’s) words of witness and/or acts of service to lost and saved persons to increase their understanding of His calling (John 3.16; Jeremiah 1.5; John 3.27; Matthew 25.31-46). Our timidity is overcome and our pictures of personal success are clarified by our time in prayers for courage and our review of relevant Scripture verses and examples. The person’s joyous reception of this good news becomes our sensory response back through the Holy Spirit to Jesus, prompting His, “‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’”
So, don’t hide the talent God has given you. Rather, ask Him how He wants you to use it to accomplish the task He has assigned. He provides the resources and is patient until you understand. Consider Moses’ example in Exodus 3.1-4.17. Thus, the Kingdom of Heaven comes to earth, and the will of God is done on Earth just like it is done in Heaven…through us.
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