The Parable of the Talents
Matthew 25 14-30 NKJV “For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling 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 has received two gained two more also. But he who had received one went 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’. Hid 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’.
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 the 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 banks, and at my coming, I would have received back my own with interest.
Therefore 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 the teeth’.
Before the foundation of the world, God has given each one of us unique gifts and talents to serve one another, spread the Good News, and glorify Him. To glorify God is when we make His invisible qualities visible.
Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.
Everyone has a purpose if you ever wondered why you are even on this earth to begin with. We can each bring down Heaven to earth and demonstrate to people who God is. Once again, that will be our choice. God is entrusting us to be good stewards of His resources. We can either use the talents and gifts God gave us and multiple them or we can bury our talents.
The evil and wicked servant was rooted in fear. His fear led to neglect and after the neglect came sorrow and weeping. Everyone’s calling from God is going to vary from person to person. We are each made of different parts of the body of Christ. Seek God first on His plans for your life. His plans will bring you fulfillment and everlasting joy knowing that you were a part of building His Kingdom. Your gifts are natural to you, but they may need to be strengthened and practiced.
1. Think about things that you love to do, have a natural knack for, or naturally gravitate towards. Think about the things that you tend to excel in. You may also find that you have an undiscovered gift.
2. Ask other people close to you what are the talents that they see in you. Write down what you think your gifts are and what other people think your gifts are. You may begin to find some common ground.
3. Is there a group of people that you really care about such as children, orphans, the homeless, the youth, the elderly, immigrants, victims of domestic violence, etc? If so, how can you use your gifts and talents to help them?
4. The things that make you relatable are part of your purpose. God can use whatever that you struggle with currently or in the past to reach others.
If you are anything like I was and you are still stuck, seek the help of a coach whose purpose is to discover God-given purposes. Your gifts and talents are used in your purpose that God has ordained for you. All of us believers have to give an account to God over our lives. Will you hear “Well done, good and faithful servant”?
Your calling could be the answer to somebody’s prayer