natural capacity, culture, fortune, office, relations,and positions in the world ; all of which are par-celled out according to the divine will and good-ness. And all these together constitute the tal-ents with which the great Master has entrusted us.This servant made good use of what he had re-ceived. It was meant that he should use thesetalents and trade with them, and he did it.And this is what our lyord intends for us to dowith our gifts and talents. Whether they begreat or small, many or few, they are meant foractive, earnest, and gainful use. The Lord ingiving them means business^ — honest, resolved,faithful, and soul-engaging business. When par-ents give their children capital, it is not that theymay waste it, bury it, or throw it away on idleprodigality ; but that they may go into businesswith it, invest it in profitable trade, make theirfortunes out of it, and be able to give a good ac-count of it to the credit and joy of all concerned.And so the divine command with regard to thepounds and talents given us is: " Occupy till Icome^'^'' — use them, work out of them all the profityou can.Just what sort of business this servant did isnot told; nor is it prescribed to us precisely howand where we are to lay hold in order to make themost of our talents. In general, the opportunitieslie all around us, in such spheres of life as Provi-dence has assigned us, or to which He seems tobe calling us. We are where we are, and havewhat we have, that we may act and do profitable300 A FAITHFUL SERVANT.