Faith and Talents!

This
week my devotional journey brought me to Jesus story about the parable of the
talents.  This is one of those stories Jesus told that should bring
caution and some amount of circumspection into our lives, not fear or nervous
anxiety or cocky arrogance. I think over the years I have read this parable
with more fear than faith, worrying that I would be more like the one bag
man.  Reading through it this week, I
recognized I was missing some vital truths. 
Thank you Holy Spirit for your revelations. I am thankful I finally got
it! We must approach it with faith.

 

The story is about
three different people who are given three various amounts of silver.  He
called together his servants and entrusted his money to them while he was gone.
Matthew 25:14 one
man was given five; another two and one fellow just
received one.  The Master left for his long journey, the men not knowing
when he would return. It is implied that these men, as trusted servants, were
expected to use these bags of silver for good on behalf of their Master.
Lest we feel sorry for the poor fellow who only received one bag or
talent, a talent they estimate was worth around $1.25 million dollars in our
modern times.  As a wise master, he must have trusted these specific
servants based on their former behavior, which is why they each received different
quantities.  

 

Our English word has
evolved from the Greek word "talanton" meaning balance, weigh or
monetary unit.  We now use the word to mean a special natural ability or
aptitude or the capacity for achievement or success; ability. (Dictionary.com)

God, in His wisdom and
knowledge of each of us created each of us with distinct gifts and talents.

 

These three servants
were given responsibilities the Master felt they were capable of handling.
Do we trust our Master Creator, that He gave us the gifts and talents
that we can develop.  As we read through the story, we discover the first
man began to invest his money, and earned five more bags of silver.  The
second servant with two bags of silver also went to work and earned two more.
They valued their Master and his trust in their abilities.  The
third man, with just one bag dug a hole in the ground and his the
master's money. Matthew 25:18  

After a long time
their master returned from his trip and called them to give an account of how
they used his money.  
Each
of the servants were called in front of their master.  The master was full
of praise for the servant who had earned five more bags.  Well done, my
good and faithful servant.  You have been faithful in handling this small
amount, so now will give you many more responsibilities.  Let's celebrate
together!'

The servant with the
two bags of silver came forward and showed the two more bags he had earned.
The master said, 

Well done, my good
faithful servant.  You have been faithful in handling this small amount,
so now I will give you many more responsibilities.  Let's celebrate
together!"

Stop and think!
This master trusted these servants with his valuable treasure, and the
joy he had when they were faithful to increase its value.  They were both
invited to celebrate together with the master!  What a joy and blessing.
They understood and assumed their responsibility and did what they were
called to do.  The third fellow, did not fare so well.

Then the servant with
the one bag of silver came and said, 'Master, I knew were a harsh man,
harvesting crops you didn't plant and gathering crops you didn't cultivate.
I was afraid I would lose your money, so I hid it in the earth.
Look, here is your money back.  But the master replied, 

you wicked and lazy
servant!  If you knew I harvested crops I didn't plant and gathered crops
I didn't cultivate, why didn't you deposit my money in the bank?  At least
I could have gotten some interest on it.' Matthew 25: 24-27

Wow, those are some
difficult words to hear and the ones that usually cause me to cringe.
However, I moved past fear and apprehension that I would disappoint my master
in regards to thinking about my own use of my talents and gifts to the understanding
that as the master knew these servants, He knows me.  As He gave me those
talents, I know that He will help me utilize and increase them.  Through
the eyes of faith, I see that God will help me to use them for Him.  He is
helping you as well; it is another step of faith.  

We must assume each of
these servants has been prepared for their responsibility. If you don't feel
ready to use your gifts, then get ready!  Figure out where you are lacking
and put in the work needed to add to your skill set.  The five bag man
figured out where to invest his master’s money, which took wisdom and insight.
The two bag man went to work and earned two more.  Our gifts are
just that, gifts.  What and how we choose to use them is on us.  None
of us have to suffer the fate of the one bag man.  Stir up your faith,
stir up your gifts and allow God to use them for His kingdom. Just think, we
get to celebrate with our Master.   Trust Him that created you that He
needs your gifting’s and talents in His kingdom at this time.