This morning I will be speaking on the parable of the talents (Matthew 25). It’s a story Jesus told to help us understand our relationship with God. There are a lot of things in this parable that creative people need to know.

A master, a ruler is about to go away on a journey, but before he goes, he gives a portion of his wealth (called talents, a biblical measure of money) to three of his servants. To one he gave five talents, to another two talents, to another, one. Before we go further I want you to notice something. I don’t think the use of the word talent is accidental. The master gives some of what it his, and something very valuable to his servants. If the master represents God in this story (and he does) and the servants represent us in this story (and they do) then maybe our talents are given by out Master (God) to be used to His glory. More that that, our talents are representative of a great spiritual truth. The fact that God gives these things of great value (talents) to us, shows something pretty cool. God believes in you. God has entrusted you and he knows you are capable of doing great things with them. God is invested in you, God loves you.

Another telling thing in this passage is the way God distributed the talents. It says he gave the talents to his servants, “each according to his ability.” This means God knows what you are capable of and gifts you accordingly. This is tremendously liberating. After all, if God knows what you are capable of and gifts you accordingly, you no longer have to compare yourself with anyone else. You simply have to be faithful and use what you have been given to the best of your ability. Comparison is deadly to us all anyway. Think about it. Comparison will either leave you discouraged (“I’ll never be as good as her”) or prideful (“He’ll never be as good as me”) both of which are counterproductive in God’s Kingdom. How much better would life work if we “kept our eyes on our own papers,” did the best we could with our strengths and used those strengths to help others in their areas of weakness?

Lastly, we have to say a word about the one talent guy. The first thing I want to call out is that I run into so many people who seem to honestly believe they have no talents. I believe that is a lie. I believe Jesus is showing us in this parable, that we all get at least one, and we need to find it and work it. Secondly, where the other two servants went to work at once, then talent servant, buried his gift in the ground, allegedly to keep it safe. Where the other two servants were praised at the master’s return, this servant was called wicked and lazy even though the master suffered no loss. Why? I believe it was because he did not trust the master to be good. The master invested in him, and he didn’t trust the master enough to use what he had been given to advance his master’s kingdom. The question is, do you?

To serve the master is to trust the master. Are you using your talents, God’s amazing investment in you, to His glory, or is there something buried that you need to dig up and put to work.

1 Peter 4:10 says “Each One should use whatever gifts he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” The things God invests in us, our gifts, talents, etc. are given so that we might serve and help others and through that help that they may receive God’s grace in a multitude of ways. To quote another verse that they may see our good deeds and praise our Father in Heaven.

Time to dig those gifts and talents up and put them to work for our master.

Gos has invested in YOU!

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  1. Wendi says:

    Very appropriate for me today…I’m live painting at my church this morning. It’s never been done there. Thanks to God for using you to encourage me. 😊

  2. Wendi says:

    Reblogged this on Art of Wendi C and commented:
    Very appropriate for me today…I’m live painting at my church this morning. It’s never been done there. Thanks to God for using it to encourage me.

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