In our worship this weekend, many Christians will hear the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30).
A talent was worth approximately £1.5m.
Most people are broadly familiar with the outline of this parable, so, rather than recounting it, let us consider the very important question of God's currency and property; for God is the Master, who has entrusted His wealth to us and to whom we must all give an account (Matthew 25:14 and 19).
Scripture speaks of the "inheritance of the saints in light" (Colossians 1:12) and there is no doubt that God Himself is that delightful inheritance (Psalm 16:5-6).
In very simple terms, God is Love (1 John 4:8) and God is Light (1 John 1:5). He has created us, male and female, in His own image and likeness (Genesis 1:26-27).
Therefore, we are created to love and to be light in the world.
Every human being is created with the ability to love and the potential to be light.
Tragically, as in the parable, there are those who bury this talent in the ground and return their lives to God empty and fruitless (Matthew 25:24-30).
Christians, in the world, are like bright stars because they are offering it the Word of Life (Philippians 2:15).
They offer the Word, not merely by speaking, but with their entire being, living in love for God (1 John 3:18).
Christians are those engaged in loving God and others. In fact, love for God is null and void if not expressed in love of our fellow human beings.
Our judgment, our fitness for eternal life with God, will depend on our practical love and care for others (Matthew 25:31-46).
Our common vocation, as children of God, is love. The one who truly opens his and her heart to God can only love, for God is Love.
Every truly Christian life is a word of love from God.
Many call themselves Christians, but am I truly a Christian? Let me examine myself against the checklist of the fruits of the Holy Spirit, the first of which is love (Galatians 5:22-23).
It is those who have truly loved who return the Lord's "property" to Him with interest and who will hear Him say, "Well done, good and faithful servant; come and share in your Master's joy" (Matthew 25:21).