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    The inspiration for Goodstewardship.com
comes from a story told by Jesus of Nazareth.

In this story, a wealthy master went away on a long journey. In his absence, three of his servants were to provide stewardship over his financial affairs. Each was given a level of responsibility consistent with his ability.

When the master returned, he asked for an accounting of their stewardship.
The first steward, who was given five talents of gold to manage, or approximately $20M, produced five additional talents. The master commended him, saying, "Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things."

The second steward, given two talents according to his ability, produced two additional talents. Likewise, the master commended him, saying, "Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things."

The third steward was not productive. Given one talent to manage, he merely returned the one talent having produced no additional wealth. To him the master responded angrily, "You wicked, lazy servant! Throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."

The Moral of the Story:
Each of us is accountable for how we use the gifts that we have been given. Our success or failure in life depends not on the level of our giftedness but on our willingness to virtuously exercise our gifts for the benefit of others.