If you’ve visited church on more than one occasion, it’s likely you’ve become acquainted with the parable of talents found in Matthew 25:14–27.
Delving into the meaning behind the parable, many have concluded Christ was trying to reveal His desire for believers to be faithful stewards of their time, money and talents. I’ve found in countless sermons addressing this passage of Scripture that the focus has veered toward financial giving, and less on personal responsibility.
As we approach a new year, I’m asking you to think outside your checkbook.
Instead of focusing solely on places to send our money, let’s take a look at ways we can give of our time, money and talents—in every season.
“Therefore, I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship” (Rom. 12:1 NASB).
Believe it or not, to those around you in need, time seems to be the most precious gift we have to offer.
Here are a few examples of how you can give of your time year-round in 2013.
Find ways to serve in your community.
So you’re an introvert struggling to break outside your realm of comfort? Good news! Chances are the senior next door would love to spend time with you. And, more often than not, the elderly have many stories to tell—and rather good ones. Why not have a seat, share a cup of joe and offer a listening ear?
Most Americans are unaware there are more than 43.7 million refugees and internally exiled people around the world. Have you given thought to serving refugees likely displaced in your own community? Unsure of where to start? Chances are your church is aware of the locale of this people group and would love to help you get involved!
Take a moment and consider the neighborhood around you. Whether they are found in shelters, broken homes or hanging out in vacant lots, there are likely hundreds of children around you—many left yearning for someone to look up to, someone to simply be present. Will you consider committing to a youth in your community this coming year?