‘The right use of reason… Christianity is based on faith, but this does not mean that we oppose or reject reason. Our minds are a gift from God that allow us to understand scripture, construct a doctrine, make sense of our life and offer a meaningful contribution through our work.’
Beebe, G. & Foster, R., (2009) Longing for God: Seven Paths of Christian Devotion
I love this ‘our minds are a gift from God’. I’ve often felt that I shouldn’t be clever, because other people might think I’m being proud, or showing off or something. I am well aware of the sin of pride… But to use one’s God-given gifts is a privilege. It doesn’t make me more or less than anyone else. It just means that if God gives you a gift – you are to make use of it:
“It is just like a man going abroad who called his household servants together before he went and handed his property to them to manage. He gave one five thousand pounds, another two thousand and another one thousand—according to their respective abilities. Then he went away.
“The man who had received five thousand pounds went out at once and by doing business with this sum he made another five thousand. Similarly the man with two thousand pounds made another two thousand. But the man who had received one thousand pounds went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.
“Some years later the master of these servants arrived and went into the accounts with them. The one who had the five thousand pounds came in and brought him an additional five thousand with the words, ‘You gave me five thousand pounds, sir; look, I’ve increased it by another five thousand.’ ‘Well done!’ said his master, ‘you’re a sound, reliable servant. You’ve been trustworthy over a few things, now I’m going to put you in charge of much more. Come in and share your master’s rejoicing.’ Then the servant who had received two thousand pounds came in and said, ‘You gave me two thousand pounds, sir; look, here’s two thousand more that I’ve managed to make by it.’ ‘Well done!’ said his master, ‘you’re a sound, reliable servant. You’ve been trustworthy over a few things, now I’m going to put you in charge of many. Come in and share your master’s pleasure.’”
Matthew 25:14-23 (PHILIPS)
Thank you Lord for your patient teaching. May I take each step as you would have it and not as I might – either rushing too far ahead in pride, or holding back and not believing I am worthy enough. Thank you Lord for your goodness and grace which overflows to each little sheep that follows its Master’s voice.