Using Your Talents

15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability;

Matthew 25:15

Jesus was trying to tell His disciples about what the Kingdom of God was like. Jesus knew what the Kingdom was all about. His people were supposed to know about the Kingdom, but they refused to understand. Jesus was about to leave from their presence. No one knew how long He would be gone. Jesus was teaching about delegating responsibility to His disciples as stewards of the Kingdom, to care for the people.

The Parable of the Talents tells us that we have a responsibility to care for God’s Kingdom. In this parable, one of the servants didn’t do anything with what he was given. When the master returned, what the servant was given was taken away from him and given to another. The servant failed to take care of what the master had entrusted to him.

Most of the time, the key point taught about with this parable is just that. Those entrusted with the Kingdom have a responsibility to the Kingdom, and to others, to share God’s Word and expand the Kingdom.

But there is another part of this parable that is sometimes passed over. Each servant was entrusted with a different amount. One was given ten talents, another was given five talents, and the third was given one talent. They were not entrusted with the same number of talents.

The same is true for us. Think about it. God has given each of us our own number of “talents.” Some sing, some play instruments, some preach, some are caregivers, some are teachers, and some are farmers. Each of us is given a different set of gifts from God.  And just like the servants who were given their different number of talents, God gives us each our own set of “talents”; our own set of gifts. We are entrusted with those gifts and have the responsibility to use those gifts to further God’s Kingdom. If we take those gifts, and bury them in the sand (or don’t’ use them to bring God glory), then, just like the one talent of the servant, our gifts will be taken away from us.

So the next time you are asked to share your gifts, whatever they may be, think about why you were given those gifts. Stop complaining about the gifts God didn’t give you. Have faith and believe in what God is doing. We are to be good stewards of the gifts we are given. We are to bless others with those gifts. When we believe and trust in God, and allow Him to use us and the gifts given to us, God will bless us and multiply our gifts.  And when that happens, we are being good stewards of the Kingdom.

© 2015 Charles A. Kalkomey

February 7, 2015