Their Abilities

Their Abilities

26 November 2011

Reading: Matthew 23-25


14 Again, the Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a man going on a long trip. He called together his servants and entrusted his money to them while he was gone. 15 He gave five bags of silver to one, two bags of silver to another, and one bag of silver to the last—dividing it in proportion to their abilities. He then left on his trip. (Matthew 25:14-15 NLT)

What an amazing example of “low control – high accountability” leadership! “The Man” was going on a long trip and would be away for a long time. During that time, communication would be limited, so he carefully and correctly assessed his servants’ abilities and entrusted amounts of his wealth to them accordingly. In proportion to their abilities. When he returned, he held them to account for what they had done with resources that had been entrusted to them “in proportion to their abilities.” In another place, Jesus said, “To whom much is given, of him much will be required.”

In a few weeks I will have completed 31 years of reading through the Bible in a Year. I started when I was 37 and now I’m 68. Lately as I get to this time of year, I think of the things I’ve learned in the years of reading God’s Word every day. I think of the insights that come to me as I’ve journaled my thoughts in various styles and forms. And I ask God how to best share those insights during the coming year.

On December 31, 2011 I’ll complete three years of sending out GraceNotes daily devotionals each day by email to a readership that stretches around the world! And I’ll complete five years of posting my devotionals daily on our Resource Ministries website. In October of this year, we published “GraceNotes – 365 Daily Devotionals by Jim Stephens” based on my daily journaling from 2009.

Please pray for Jean and me to know how best to communicate and share our thoughts, insights, and stories from our journey of faith in 2012 and beyond. Thanks.


Father, Thanks for your ever-living Word and for the ability you’ve given me to thoughtfully read it daily and consistently. Help me in the next year and in the coming years, however few or many they may be, to use that ability and the product of that ability in a way that pleases you and benefits others. Amen.

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