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spiritual-gifts

What’s So Important About Spiritual Gifts? – Bob Langlais

Matthew 25: 14-30

Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted
his property to them. To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and
to another one talent, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. The
man who had received the five talents went at once and put his money to work and
gained five more. So also, the one with the two talents gained two more. But the man
who had received the one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s
money.
After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with
them. The man who had received the five talents brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he
said, ‘you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have gained five more.’
His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful
with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s
happiness!’
The man with the two talents also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with
two talents; see, I have gained two more.’
His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful
with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s
happiness!’
Then the man who had received the one talent came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that
you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have
not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground. See,
here is what belongs to you.’
His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I
have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? Well then, you should have
put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received
it back with interest.
Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents. For everyone
who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not
have, even what he has will be taken from him. And throw that worthless servant outside,
into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’