To each of us God has issued a certain store as it has pleased Him: to one more, to another less. And
since God owes us nothing, anything He gives us may be put down to His unearned generosity. The man
with a smaller store dare not complain against God for having given him less than his neighbor received.
God’s gifts are not debts which He pays us, but gratuities bestowed out of pure mercy.
One thing taught large in the Holy Scriptures is that while God gives His gifts freely, He will require a
strict accounting of them at the end of the road. Each man is personally responsible for his store, be it
large or small, and will be required to explain his use of it before the judgment seat of Christ.
The “store” is nothing new, just the old familiar list of human possessions: time, talents, earthly
goods, opportunities. Though they are as common as the grass beside the path, the waste of them
constitutes one of life’s most appalling tragedies.