His master said to him, well done, you upright and faithful servant! You have been faithful and trustworthy over a little; I will put you in charge of much. Enter into and share the joy which your master enjoys- Matthew 25:21
Have you ever wondered if what you have to offer is enough? If your gifts and talents are of any value to anybody at all? Maybe, like me, you don’t feel all that talented. Even if you feel less than, I promise you that you do in fact have talents and abilities. God created each and every person full of potential and you are here on earth for a reason. You matter!
When I look at the parable of the Talents found in Matthew 25, it encourages me that even though I may not feel like I have much to offer and am scared to risk offering what I do have, God can take what I give Him and multiply it to use for the good of others and for His glory.
The parable in Matthew 25:14-35 is about a master who leaves talents (money) to his servants while he is away. He expects his servants to invest the talents so that the master will get a return on his money. The master gives one man five talents and that man invested them and made five more talents, doubling what his master had given him. He gives another man two talents, that man also invested and gained two additional talents, doubling his money as well. But the last man was only given one talent and he was afraid of losing it so he buried the talent in the ground thinking it would be better to keep it safe than to invest it and loose it all.
So often we can do the very same thing with our gifts and talents. We become paralyzed by fear. What will people think? What if I’m not good enough? What if I make a fool of myself? What if I fail? So we hide our talents away for nobody to see or enjoy. If you don’t use what you have, you are guaranteed to receive nothing in return. If you do use your talents, you will most definitely gain more. I don’t know about you, but I would rather do my best to work with what I’ve got than never try at all and be guaranteed to get nothing in return.
If we are faithful to develop the potential that we have, God can take what we offer, no matter how small it may seem, and multiply it in such a way that we get a return on all that we had invested. When we are faithful with what we do have, God will be faithful to give us what we don’t have. More opportunities, more resources, more talent and more skill. It is our responsibility to steward what we have well and use our abilities to serve others and better society.
My question for you is, are you using the talents that you have? Are you working to develop your potential? Gifts and talents are like a muscle, we need to work at them to develop them. What talent can you give to God as an offering so that the Holy Spirit can take what you have given and multiply it. He will bless you with more when you use what you have.