“For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away.” Matthew 25: 14-15
Most people are familiar with this parable of Jesus. It goes on to tell us how the first two servants used their talents to increase the wealth of their master; the third servant simply buries the talent in the ground. Those who made more of what they were given are commended as “good and faithful”, while the servant who hid his talent is rebuked as “worthless.”
The moral? God gives each one of us talents, too. Our talents include not only money, but abilities, roles in society and family, education, time, life experiences and more. If we are His servants, He expects us to use those things to grow His kingdom. We’re each unique and some of us are able to do more than others; that isn’t the issue. God doesn’t say we have to reach a certain level to earn His approval; He doesn’t tell us exactly what to do; He
simply wants us to continue to grow and progress. Other parables tell us He is patient …but eventually we’ll have to account for how well we’ve handled what’s been entrusted to us.
This is something each of us needs to think about and assess regularly. Have you thought about your talents and how you’ve been using them? Have you made more of what God has given to you? Have you contributed to His kingdom through good stewardship? Or are you hiding your talents out of fear or laziness?
Readers and authors, I want to hear your thoughts!