In the parable of the talents everybody gets something. Agreed, some are born into a more desirable situation than others. Agreed, some seem to be born with more natural ability than others. Agreed, some seem to be at the right place at the right time. But the bottom line is, we all get something. We’re not evaluated on we don’t get, just on what we do get. You might notice that the servant who received two talents and earned two more, received the same exact reward as the one who had been given five and earned five more. The master said to both of them, “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.”

The Daily Bread once told this story about a Orchestra Conductor: Michael Costa was conducting a rehearsal in which the orchestra was joined by a great chorus. About halfway through the session, with trumpets blaring, drums rolling and violins singing their rich melody, the piccolo player muttered to himself, “What good am I doing? I might just as well not be playing. Nobody can hear me anyway.” So he kept the instrument to his mouth, but he made no sound. Within moments, the conductor cried, “Stop! Stop! Where’s the piccolo?” It was missed by the ear of the most important person of all.

It’s much the same way with the Christian and his use of his talents for the Lord. If in the great “Orchestra of life” the cry ever goes out, “Stop! Stop! Where’s the piccolo?” let’s make sure the Divine Conductor isn’t missing you or me! Whether our talent is great or small, the performance isn’t complete until we do our best with what we have.

“Well done, good and faithful servant…enter into the joy of your master.” Matthew 25:23