Here is a story from my old friend Buzz Stevens, former District Superintendent and retired Senior Minister at FUMC, Phoenix, AZ:
A duke and duchess owned a large country estate with many servants who maintained the premises in their absence. One day the duchess decided to bring the servant staff together to get an accounting of how well they had performed their duties. She called them into a room one-by-one and asked them how things were going. In the midst of a lengthy interview the duchess said to one of the older servants, “Let me see, you have been with us twenty years?”
“Your job is to walk the dog?”
“But the dog has been dead for eighteen years?”
“Is there anything else you would like me to do, ma’am?”
If this is where we are with our Lord and God, then we know which servant or slave we are most like, don’t we? Perhaps, it is time to re-evaluate where we are with regard to our talents. How do we deal with the talents God has entrusted to us? This is a question of those who are stewards—managers of the gifts entrusted to us by God.