"For the kingdom of heaven is like a man travelling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money. After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them. "So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, "Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, "Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ He also who had received two talents came and said, "Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, "Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ "Then he who had received the one talent came and said, "Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’ "But his lord answered and said to him, "You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents. "For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ Matthew 25;14-30
The talents that the Lord in this parable was taking about was money, but the present day term meaning gift or ability is taken from this passage. God has created each of us uniquely. He has given each of us abilities to be used for the building up of His kingdom. Some of those gifts or abilities are music, hospitality, preaching, writing, serving, intercession, etc. What ever they are, they are to be used for God’s glory. Some of us have many. Others may have just one. What ever your ability is, you are to develop it and use it.
Up to 7 years ago I hated writing and never believed I had an ability to do so. One day someone asked me to write an article for the newsletter of a Christian school. At first I hesitated, but then agreed. As I wrote something flowed out of me and I found myself enjoying it. People were blessed by what I wrote and encouraged me to write more. Today I look forward to writing these devotions.
I encourage you to look for the abilities that God has placed within you. Don’t keep them buried. It does harm to the body of Christ as well as your self. God will judge you on what you did with those abilities. I don’t know about you but I want to here the words from Jesus; "Well done good and faithful servant."
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