‘…he went on to tell them a parable, because he was near Jerusalem and the people thought that the kingdom of God was going to appear at once.’ Luke 19.11
There are many times when things don’t happen in the timescale we would like. Perhaps there are specific things you are praying for but the answer seems very slow in coming, or maybe you feel stuck in a difficult situation and are praying for release, but nothing seems to be happening. In these situations, what are you meant to do?
In today’s verse, we are told that some people’s expectations about Jesus were not being met. They thought something was going to happen but Jesus knew it was not, at least not in the way that they were expecting. So he told them the parable about the man who gave money to his servants and expected them to put it to good use whilst he was away.
This is what we are meant to do when we are waiting: identify what God has given us and use these gifts.
We can be far too modest about our gifts; they are given by God for us to use. It really is worth spending a few minutes pondering your gifts. They might include things that you don’t regard as gifts but tend to think of as character traits, such as a desire to encourage people and be there for them. In this parable, Jesus expects those to whom he has given the gifts to use them. The recipients don’t keep coming back to him each day to ask whether it is alright to use their gift again; Jesus expects their gifts to be put to use.
What are the gifts God has given you? Use them – that is why he gave them to you.
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The Revd John Ryeland, Director of The Christian Healing Mission