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Imagine being given a gift and leaving it unopened; not realizing its value.  You pass by this gift so often that you begin not to even pay it any attention.  Until you come to the point of regifting, you may have done this before, passing a gift off to a friend.  You watch your friend open the gift that has been in your possession all this time and he/she is blown away.  Its something they have never had but have always wanted, something far precious for words to even describe, but they recognize its value.

“For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.  And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one: to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.” Matthew 25:14-15  We have all been entrusted with a gift or talent from God.  While he is preparing his kingdom in heaven we are to be adding to the kingdom on earth awaiting his return.  A talent represents our abilities, time, resources and opportunities to serve God while on earth.  How are you making use of your time?  Time is a seed, where you sow it determines what is produced.  Are you like the servant, who out a fear, went and hid his talent?  Are you fearful of what people may say?  Indeed, it is not an easy task to discover the gift that is within.  It is easy to allow it to lay dormant.  Then when we see someone else operating within the gift or talent we have, we ask God, why not me?  But to whom much is given, much is required.   A  gift unwrapped, is just a box that is decorated on the outside that has no idea of its contents on the inside.  It can’t be used and really holds no value.

The story of the servants is told multiple times in the gospels.  In Luke 19:13 it reads, “And he called his ten servants and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, occupy till I come.”  Occupy means to take up space or fill a period of time.  The scripture was instructing the servants to fill the time and to use what God had given them faithfully.  We are to do the same.  The word “Occupy” has been used quite often with the latest efforts of grassroots organizations to bring attention to our economic conditions.  In my opinion, it should be called, “Wait on Wall Street”.   If we are to occupy something, we are to fill the time, make use of it, create opportunities, discover new resources, be innovative.  We have put our faith in so many other things and lost sight of the One who is in control of all things.  Find a way to use what God has put inside of you, that is your reasonable service.   The condition of our economy does not dictate or determine how God will allow you to utilize your gift or talent.  So much within you has yet to be unwrapped.

“For unto every one that hath shall be given and he shall have abundance; but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.” Matthew 25:29