Read: Matthew 25:14-30

Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. (v. 19)

Everything is more difficult when you don’t know how long it’s going to last. For example, imagine being told that a certain surgery will take about two hours versus ten or more hours. Or how about waiting for a response from a college or job application: “We’ll get back to you sometime in the next three weeks.” Doesn’t it always take longer? Or imagine how different it would be knowing exactly when a baby will be born versus trying to guess whether a series of contractions signal that the baby’s coming.

In Jesus’ parable of the talents, it’s easy to skim over this phrase in verse 19, “Now after a long time . . .” As days become weeks, and weeks become months, we can only imagine that the three servants maybe started thinking about changing their investment strategy. We can imagine the first and second servants wondering if they should scale back their investments. We can imagine the third fretting over whether he still had enough time to dig up his talent and invest it like the others.

These servants, like us, didn’t know when the master will return. Yet, we shouldn’t let fear drive our actions. Rather, we must use whatever time and talents God has given us to glorify the One who has promised to return and settle accounts with us. —Adam Navis

As you pray, ask God to show you how you can best develop and use your gifts today.