Faithful with Your Talents

“But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, FAITHFULNESS, gentleness and self-control.  Against such things there is no law.”

Galatians 5:22-23

The world is full of talented people.  God has given talent in abundance to some and a measure to others.  Talents come in so many different sizes and shapes.  God created us in His image and yet we are all unique.  One person may be able to sing like an angel while another can motivate others into action.  Someone may be able to lead a multitude while another can inspire an individual to change.  We don’t need to look around to see what other people are capable of doing.  We simply have to focus on what God designed us to do.  No one is void of talent.   Everyone has something to share with the world.  “There are different kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit. There are different kinds of service, but the same Lord. There are different kinds of working, but the same God works all of them in all men” (1 Corinthians 12:4-6). What are you doing with the talent God has given to you?

It's also like a man going off on an extended trip. He called his servants together and delegated responsibilities. To one he gave five thousand dollars, to another two thousand, to a third one thousand, depending on their abilities. Then he left. Right off, the first servant went to work and doubled his master's investment. The second did the same. But the man with the single thousand dug a hole and carefully buried his master's money.” (Matthew 25:14-18 MSG)

“…the gift is acceptable according to what one has…”

2 Corinthians 8:12

God has given us talents according to His will.  He expects us to use those talents to be of service in this world and to glorify Him until He returns.  Though our talents may not be as great as other people’s talents, we are still required to do something commendable with them; “for if the willingness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has, not according to what he does not have” (2 Corinthians 8:12).   We can choose to be like the servants who were able to faithfully utilize their talents and earn 100% return on God’s investment or we can be too scared to take a risk and bury our talents.  If we do this, then no one gets any benefit from our talents.  How will your faithfulness hold up under God’s inspection?

"After a long absence, the master of those three servants came back and settled up with them. The one given five thousand dollars showed him how he had doubled his investment. His master commended him: 'Good work! You did your job well. From now on be my partner.'  “The servant with the two thousand showed how he also had doubled his master's investment. His master commended him: 'Good work! You did your job well. From now on be my partner.'”(Matthew 25:19-23 MSG)

“Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.” Galatians 6:7

There is a rich reward for being faithful to God.  He has promised us that as His children we are joint heirs with Christ (Romans 8:17).  Faithfulness to God is being obedient to Him in everything.  We are told of the rich blessings we get for obedience and the awful curses that accompany disobedience (Deuteronomy 28).  Our faithful utilization and development of our talents pleases God.  However, if we ignore or hoard our talents, we are guilty of being untrustworthy.  God has put a sacred trust in each and every one of us.  That trust requires us to use what He has given us to build His kingdom.  When we bury our treasures by not using our talents, we break that sacred trust.  “Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows. The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that naturewill reap destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life” (Galatians 6:7-8).  Are you afraid of disappointing the Master?

"The servant given one thousand said, 'Master, I know you have high standards and hate careless ways, that you demand the best and make no allowances for error. I was afraid I might disappoint you, so I found a good hiding place and secured your money. Here it is, safe and sound down to the last cent.'  "The master was furious.  'That's a terrible way to live! It's criminal to live cautiously like that! If you knew I was after the best, why did you do less than the least? The least you could have done would have been to invest the sum with the bankers, where at least I would have gotten a little interest. "'Take the thousand and give it to the one who risked the most. And get rid of this "play-it-safe" who won't go out on a limb. Throw him out into utter darkness.'  (Matthew 25:24-30 MSG)

"Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him”

Mark 4:24-25

As faithful Christians, we do everything in our power to accomplish what God has called us to do.  We faithfully use our talents and resources to build His kingdom.  By being obedient to His will, we reap a prize for our faithfulness.  “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize?  Run in such a way as to get the prize.  Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training.  They do it to get a crown that will not last; but we do it to get a crown that will last forever” (1 Corinthians 9:23-26).  If we are faithful over what we have, we will be given more.  God sees our faithful management of His resources and allows us to prosper.  “With the measure you use, it will be measured to you – and even more.  Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him” (Mark 4:24-25).

Will you be a faithful servant who gets to partner with God or will you play it safe and be cast into the darkness?