Here are two songs written by John Bell. The first is ‘Take this moment’. It had the last verse:
Take my talents, take my skills,
Take what’s yet to be;
Let my life be yours, and yet
Let it still be me.
We sang them either side of the sermon, of the church where I now go. The sermon was about the readings from Matthew’s gospel: : The Talents, and The Sheep and Goats.
The sheep were welcomed with ‘ for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.‘ The servant given one talent feared his master and so buried the money for safe keeping. The others worked used the master’s money and multiplied it.
What point Jesus was trying to get across. Which of those servants do you most identify with? The servant who hid the money was driven by fear. That fear stopped him taking any risk at all. Could the talents equate to gifts God has given us? It appears that all the servants wanted to please their master but one feared and did not use his gifts. Taken together these two parables might be saying: don’t fear, use the gifts God has given you for his Kingdom.
The second song was ‘Heaven Shall not wait’, also by John Bell, where Christians are called to live the values of the Kingdom now – heaven shall not wait.