Matthew chapter 25, from verse 14 to 30, begins with Jesus talking about The Parable of the Talents. In this parable Jesus describes a man who calls in his servants and informs them that he will be going away for a while. In his absence he asks them to care for his estate, and entrusts each servant with some talents according to what he knew about their character and ability. The main focus of this parable is the outcome of what each servant did with what he was originally entrusted with before his master’s return. The purpose of today’s post is to examine God’s expectation for our lives, as well as to understand that maximizing the talents and gifts that God has entrusted us with is not an option. He wants to see the expansion and growth of the investment that He has made.
Equal… But Uniquely Different
Point number ONE: God did not make us all the same. We are all equal in His eyes, but He has made each one of us uniquely different, and it’s important that we understand that difference. Reading the parable in Matthew you will notice that the master gave to each of his servants different talents .. “to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability“ (verse 15). To this master all servants were equal, but because he knew they were all uniquely different and had their own abilities, he made sure to assign talents accordingly. There is not a single person today on earth created without that special talent.
Point Number TWO: No one was left idle. One was entrusted with two talents, while the other could be entrusted with five, and so forth. He made sure that EACH of them were made responsible with what he knew they could handle. There are some who are gifted with the ability to touch lives through their voices, or through their writing. Others, through their ability to draw. Some people have intellectual capabilities that others don’t and the list goes on. We all are equal, but we have been made uniquely different from one another for a reason, and it’s absolutely important that we identify what we’ve been entrusted with and maximize it. The talent is not ours to keep, but to use it so that lives upon lives can be impacted. The one man who was given one talent was driven by the fear and mistrust of his Lord. As a result, instead of maximizing that talent he buries it in the earth and returns the original amount upon the owner’s return. Meanwhile the profitable stewards are praised, given increased responsibilities and invited to enter into the joy of their Lord, while the untrusting steward is rejected for his laziness and lack of effort.
So, What Are You Doing With Yours?
The application of this parable must be understood within the context of the parables found in Matthew chapter 25. There are three specific parables told in a row. The first one, The Parable of the 10 Virgins. Second, The Parable of the Talents. Lastly, The Parable of the Sheep and Goats. The one common phrase in all of these parables is “after a long time”… The bridegroom came in The Parable of the 10 Virgins; “After a long time” the landowner came back in the Parable of the Talents; and “after a long time” judgement comes. Whether we are ready for it or not, there will come a time when we will see Him face to face to give an account of all He had entrusted us with. As stewards of what’s been given to us, what are we doing with our talents today? How are we changing our environment, our work places, our schools, our social circles, and our world?
There will be times when fear will try to stop you. I remember one of the greatest challenges I faced before I started writing was the fear of people’s criticism. I knew there were things stored within me that had to be shared, but I struggled with the idea of utilizing that talent to impact people’s lives. “What if people don’t like it?”, “What if people reject what I have to share?” My mind was filled with fear and “what if’s”. However, I quickly learned that with God there is no such thing as “let me play it safe”. You don’t change anything by keeping that talent buried to yourself. You have to trust the giver of those gifts and take the necessary risks to maximize it.
1 Peter 4:10 reminds us that, “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.” The important reminder to take away from today’s post is that you have been entrusted with something very valuable not for yourself to keep, but to change someone’s life with. Every opportunity we have to make a difference is one to take full advantage of. The reason you have been entrusted with the talents that you have is so that God’s grace, love, and heart can be displayed through it. Everything we have comes from God and belongs to Him. As Christians, if we begin to utilize what He has given us as good stewards, we then become a blessing to others and the value of what we do multiplies. We should always live with the reminder that we are accountable to the Lord for the use of His resources.
See you Next Monday!