And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours … Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents.
__ Matthew 25:25, 28 (NKJV)
Don’t hide your gifts and talents. Use what God has given to you. Develop them. Don’t sit back and be afraid to step out and utilize the gifts and talents God has given to you. Use your gifts and talents, and walk in the calling God has placed on your life.
Matthew 25:14-30 is a passage in the Bible about The Parable of the Talents. The talents that are spoken of in this parable are a representation of more than just money. The talents also serve as a symbol for gifts and abilities. The master who was giving these talents expected his servants to invest and multiply what they had been given.
The only way they could succeed was to invest what they had been given. Just as a seed cannot grow unless it is planted, so a talent cannot increase unless it has been invested. Work was required in order to invest the talents. Taking a risk and having faith was also required. There is always a risk involved when we invest something.
The servants in this parable were each given talents. They all had skills that needed to be developed. The servants who were successful were the ones who were willing to take a risk, invest themselves, and apply their God-given talents. The servant who was not willing to take a risk did not succeed because he was afraid and wanted to stay in his comfort zone. Because of this, he lost what had been entrusted to him. He did not make an effort even to try to invest what he had been given.
What he had was taken away from him because he never made an investment. HE LOST IT BECAUSE HE DID NOT USE IT! Either we use what God has given us (our gifts, talents, and abilities) or we will lose the opportunity to use it because of fear or some other reason. If we want to be a success for the Lord, we have to use the gifts, talent, and abilities He has entrusted to us.
Success doesn’t automatically happen in our lives. Success is a process and it takes time. It takes time, effort, hard work, and patience to begin to get a return on our investment and see a profit. Nevertheless, we can’t give up. We have to continue to develop our skills and use the gifts and talents God has given to us. USE IT OR LOSE IT!
Prayer: Lord God, I thank You for the gifts and talents You have given to me. I ask you to help me to invest in them and develop them to the fullest so that I can be all You created me to be and be a blessing to others for Your glory. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
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