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Certain measures in uncertain times

Pastor's corner

POSTED: December 9, 2008 5:00 a.m.
What will our actions be in these uncertain times? As all watch the stock market fluctuate wildly, the unemployment rise, and the homes in foreclosure exceed all expectations, does a shiver run up our spines? Liberty County seems to be insulated more than many surrounding communities but we are still vulnerable.  Will we do nothing or will we invest in the future with faith?
Jesus spoke to these concerns in the parable in Matthew 25: 14-30 about three servants and their master. As you may remember, their master went on a trip and gave each of them a vast amount of money ranging from $450,000 to $2,250,000. He did not tell them when he would return nor did he tell them what they should do with the money. Receiving so much money might seem like great news but what if they had spent it all and he demanded it back when he returned? What if they had lost it in the market? But what if they had been able to invest it and had it grow? Do they play it safe or take a chance?
Two of the servants took a chance and by trading and investing they doubled the money they had received. The third was suspicious, distrustful and hid his money in his back yard, believing that the master would demand the money back when he returned.  Sure enough when the master returned he asked, “What did you do with the money?” We would think that the servant who had protected the money might be rewarded, but no. The master said he was lazy and good for nothing and gave money to the servant who had the most.
A lesson in uncertain times when we have received blessings from God, “grace” could be to invest what we’ve received.  We should not be frozen by the fear of uncertainty into doing nothing. If we do nothing with God’s grace there can be adverse consequences. God calls us to have faith, take a chance and act by investing what we have been given whether it is money, health, family, or other gifts no matter how small in His work. The return could change us and the world eternally.   

Carter is rector of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Hinesville.
 

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