During a recent doctor appointment, my doctor asked me about the odd tan lines on my lower legs. I explained that I wear capri leggings when I go running, thus the tan on my legs that stops several inches below my knees. He knew that I was planning on running in a race that was coming up and said, “Well that is proof that you’ve been out putting in the training work!”
I was reading the parable of the talents in the book of Matthew, chapter 25, and came to the part where the servants are called to their lord to account for what they have done with the talents that he gave them. The lord’s response to those that went and faithfully used the talents that they had been given and had multiplied those talents as a result was, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.” (Matthew 25:21) Webster Dictionary defines someone who is faithful as being “steadfast in affection or allegiance” or “firm in adherence to promises or in observation of duty.”
As I read this parable I was reminded of what my doctor had said to me. My tan lines are evidence of the multiplied talents that I have to show for my faithfulness to training for my race. That thought got me wondering about what spiritual tan lines I have to show for my faithfulness to Christ. I’ve reflected on whether or not the tan lines on my heart and mind are as dark as those physical marks on my legs. It is a reminder to me to make sure that I am being steadfast in my allegiance to Christ and firm in my adherence to my promises to him to do his work, because I know I can always be a little better. My hope is that those spiritual tan lines will show my faithfulness to that spiritual training so that I can someday hear those words spoken to me: “Well done, thou good and faithful servant.” What are you doing with the talents you have been given? How dark are your spiritual tan lines?