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Useful Talents

December 15, 2012

“For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.” – Matt. 25:14-15

 

The ‘talent’, in the ancient world, was a unit of measurement – as are ‘pounds’, ‘ounces’, ‘grams’, etc., in our modern one – used to describe the mass of certain commodities: ie, gold, silver, wine, and other valuable trade items. It was only after this parables impact on the world that ‘talent’ began to mean something else: the inherent gifts which are given to us by God.

 

The Lord here, is – naturally – Christ, leaving on His long journey from which we await His return; the silver talents the Lord here gave His servants – by no means a paltry sum of money, either; rather, it was a veritable fortune – are in the same way the ‘talents’ that God gives to each one of us.

 

The first servant “went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents,” (v.16), just as the second “that had received two, he also gained other two,” (v.17). Both of these men, doubling their portion, are the Christians who use what God has given them – whether it be intelligence, strength, money, or abilities – to serve their Lord; to make increase in His kingdom, to touch hearts, change lives, and to strive to spread His Word where ever they might go. Because I truly believe that when we use our gifts for God – which God has given to us for that purpose to begin with – He will show us an increase in our portions: we will see His blessings rain down upon us and find our gifts doubled. Use your fortune to serve His kingdom, and it will be doubled. Use your mind to serve His kingdom, and you will grow in intellect and wisdom. Use your voice to sing His praises and you will sing like the very angels. Our efforts do not go unrewarded, so long as those efforts are made on His behalf. So long as we seek to bear fruit for Him, believing, we will bear it in abundance.

 

Or, like so many, we can choose to be like the third servant, who “digged it in the earth, and hid his Lord’s money.” (v.18) We can be the miser who hoards his wealth, the hard-hearted who shows no compassion, the intelligent who use their mind for their own gain, the strong who use their strength to intimidate and do the same….because so many of us are exactly these things. And when looking at it, you see why the Lord gifted that third man with the least amount of all: because why is God going to waste such riches on one who will only throw them away? Something to think about, if you ever wonder why God hasn’t gifted you with more than you think you deserve. Something I, at one time, had experience in, myself.

 

So today, use what He has given you for His glory, not letting it go to waste; remembering that talents being used for anything other than His purpose is a waste. Like the third servant, the talent we throw away or hoard will itself be taken away from us if not used for Him – no matter how small we might have thought it to have been. But if we will magnify His Word and Will, then He will magnify our blessings; so that one day, He might welcome us into that kingdom, saying “Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.” (Matt. 25:21).

 

“For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” – Matt. 25:29-30

Be blessed,

Joshua

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