September 15, 2020
One of the fascinating things about being a Christian is studying and celebrating our brothers and sisters who have promulgated the Gospel since Jesus’s Ascension and handed down the Good News to their friends and families throughout the many hundreds of generations to the present day. Many of these are more famous than others and we remember them on various dates of the year through the church calendar. Many, though, are ordinary people like you and me who, in our little corner of the world, have done and continue to do our best to keep the Gospel alive and ready to hand down to the next generation. We do not get recognised in the church calendar but you can bet your life (literally) that we are front and square in God’s calendar as He seeks to help us carry out His mission through His Son Jesus Christ in this world.
Jesus touches on this matter in The Parable of The Talents in Matthew and Luke’s Gospels. You will recall that The Master of the household went away on a journey and entrusted his property to his servants – like all good stories (and sermons!) 3 of them! One was given five talents; one was given two and the third was given one. A talent was a unit of coinage in those days equivalent to one to two days’ wages and the present–day use of “talent” to indicate an ability or gift is derived from this parable. You will all remember how the parable pans out with the servant with one talent hiding it and doing nothing with it whilst the other two invested theirs and increased the talents’ worth by over 50%. Unlike the first servant who hid his talent and, as a result, was excoriated by The Master, the other two were rewarded by him and described as “good and faithful servants.”
This is the reward for all those who, both now and down the centuries, have served God and Jesus in not only big and noisy ways but also, for the far greater part, in small, quiet and self-sacrificial ways. I venture to suggest that that is our calling and here are the words of a modern hymn that I would like to use as our prayer today for ourselves and all “good and faithful servants who tread this journey with us:
Will you let me be your servant? Let me be as Christ to you. Pray that I might have the grace to be your servant too.
We are pilgrims on a journey; we are travellers on the road; we are here to help each other walk the mile and bear the load.
I will hold the Christ light for you; in the nighttime of your fear I will hold my hand out to you, speak the peace you long to hear.
I will weep when you are weeping; when you laugh, I’ll laugh with you; I will share your joy and sorrow till we’ve seen this journey through.
Will you let me be your servant? Let me as Christ to you. Pray that I might have the grace to let you be my servant too.