[Manna - June 22]
It is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful....Every man according to his several ability. 1 Corinthians 4:2; Matthew 25:15
THE "pound," being the same to all, fitly represents that blessing of divine grace which is common to all God's people—Justification. Other endowments differ in quantity, according to our natural opportunities, and are generally of the Father,—for instance, the Word and the Spirit. Our justification while planned by the Father is a gift from Jesus, because He paid for it with His own precious blood. The one "pound" each places all on a common footing as acceptable servants and permits each to show his zeal by his sacrificings. But the "talents," being distributed according to every man's ability, represent opportunities for the service of God along the lines of such abilities as we possess. They may be talents of education, or money, or influence, or good health, or time, or tact, or genius, with opportunities for their use in God's service. Z.'96-99 Z.'07-63 R1972:6 R3948:6