“At one of the men’s lunch groups this week, the topic of year-end performance appraisals came up. This particular men’s lunch group is made up of men who are not yet retired, and I deduced from what they were sharing that the month of November brings with it a certain anxiety,” begins Phillip Martin, pastor of Epiphany Lutheran Church in Richmond, Virginia. Just like these men, Jesus had appraisal on his mind as he approached his final days in Jerusalem. In today’s text from Matthew 25:14-30, the parable of the talents, Jesus teaches his disciples about the future. When Jesus returns, there will be a performance appraisal, but it will not be all about the money!
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