The Law of Talents…
I want to explore a very important topic today- the use of gifts and talents, or lack thereof. This brings me to my first question. How well have you handled that which has been entrusted to you? As I personally continue to pursue a number of different opportunities, I can’t help but think back, to “The Parable of the Talents,” discussed in Matthew 25:14-29 (noted below.) I’ve decided to use this example as a guide for my own life, and for the use of what has been given to me.
14 “For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants[a] and entrusted to them his property. 15 To one he gave five talents,[b] to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16 He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. 17 So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. 18 But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. 19 Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.’ 21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.[c] You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 22 And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here I have made two talents more.’ 23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 24 He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’ 26 But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? 27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29 For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.” Bible
So…what can we learn from this parable? Let’s examine in further detail. The two who added to what they’d received were rewarded, while the other chastised. Why is this? I believe the idea is that we should look to multiply and share that which we have custodial rights over, for the purpose of greater reward. Let me clarify… this does not mean reward for ourselves alone, but even more so, for others. Typically our gifts and talents are primarily for someone else. However, we still benefit in some way, shape or form, when we utilize them. If you have the gift of exhortation, then an innate ability lies within you to impart edifying and encouraging words. Not only will those who receive what you say be impacted, but the positivity will without a doubt, come back to you. God never intended for us to bury what He gave us. If we’ll apply our gifts and talents, He will let them make room for us in this world. As a result, they will grow and be multiplied. Remember, your talents have a job to do. Not only is someone else counting on you, but we certainly won’t have a good excuse when asked why we made no use of them! If you need help determining your gifts or purpose, please reach out to me. Otherwise, let’s unwrap them, and prepare for immediate use~
Holding a globe necklace that arrived in the mail for me- as I sit, typing away on my computer..writing!!!