“Well done, good and trustworthy servant.” Matthew 25:23
The parable of the talents in Matthew 25 is the great New Testament illustration about using our gifts. The New Testament consistently encourages us to use what we have been given in the service of God. This includes talents, in the typical usage of the word. But it includes also our resources, our energies, our gifts, and our time (perhaps our most precious commodity today).
Scientists say we only use a fraction of our brain’s capacity. I suspect this is true of our abilities too. It may very well be that much of what we have been given lies dormant, waiting to be used in the service of God. Every person has two areas in which they should serve. One is in the area of their giftedness. I Peter 4:10, says “As each one has received a gift, let them minister it to one another, as good stewards of the grace of God.” Everybody is a “10” in something. Our areas of giftedness are an indication of the ways God has designed us to serve.
The second area we are each called to serve in is wherever there is a need. It does not take special gifts to have a servant’s heart. With a servant’s heart, we are all to do the things that are needed for the work of the kingdom. The parable of the talents has a great warning for those who do not use their gifts or misuse them. Therefore, let us not “bury” our talents in the soil. Let us invest them. That is the reason they have been given to us.
With Warm Regards,