IN the parable of the talents related by Christ Jesus, all three servants accepted the talents given them by their master. But only the two who also accepted the responsibility for the correct use of these talents heard the commendation (Matt.25:21), "Thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things." The one who accepted the talent but made no effort to enhance its value showed no responsibility in regard to serving during the absence of his master, and he lost his talent.
Does not this parable bring out the necessity of alertness to duty at all times? In "Miscellaneous Writings," Mary Baker Eddy says (p.176): "Are we duly aware of our own great opportunities and responsibilities? Are we prepared to meet and improve them, to act up to the acme of divine energy wherewith we are armored?"
All the world is reaching for the spirit of helpfulness that can go forth only from the heart overflowing with universal love. Who is so well equipped to carry out the responsibility of demonstrating universal love as the individual who is imbued with love for God and man which is attained through understanding gained from the study of the Bible and the writings of Mrs. Eddy? We know that to be really helpful, love must be active in inspiring our thoughts and acts as we go about our daily tasks in the home or in the business world.