“His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ ”
Some people spend a lot of time gaining knowledge, skill, and perfecting their talents, only to let it all go unused. They have a lot of input (knowledge) but not enough output (productivity). There are many excuses that we can give for not using the talents, gift and abilities that God has given us to us for His glory, but that’s all they are, excuses. There is no excuse in allowing what God has given you to go to waste or left unused. One day each of us will give an account to God for how we used the things (gifts, abilities, skill, wisdom, provisions) that He gave us.
Matthew 25:14-30 NKJV
“For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money. After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them.So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord. He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look I have gained two more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’ But the lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents. For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ ”
God requires His people to be faithful to what He has called them to and to use what He has given them to fulfill that calling. The last servant mentioned in the above passage did not fear his master. He was lazy. In fact, he was so lazy that he did not even bother to deposit the money with the bankers. He did not use what God had given him and in the end he lost it. He was an unprofitable servant because he failed to be faithful to the task given to him by his master.
We will either use what God has given us or God will take it away and give it to someone else who will use it. We will either be blessed or we will loose out – we will not share in the rewards or the blessings of God. The rewards and the blessings that we receive will be based on our faithfulness.
The servant wanted to take the easy way out. His mind was not on using what God had given him for his master but only on keeping what had been given to him. To often people want to take the easy way out. Their mind is not always on using their talents to increase the kingdom of God.
1 Peter 4:10 NKJV
“As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.”
Every believer has been given gifts, talents and abilities. We are all managers of what God has entrusted to unto us and we will be held accountable for using our gifts, talents and abilities. We must us our them in the best interest of God, for advancing His kingdom (for reaching the lost, for encouragement to the saints and for helping other Christians grow).
I thank-you for the gifts, talents and abilities that You have given to me. By the power of the Holy Spirit, help me to be faithful with what You have given me and use them for Your glory. Don’t let me to allow my gifts, talents or abilities go to waste or left unused. My heart’s desire is to hear, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
In Jesus’ name, Amen.