Each of us is blessed with talents, although some are five talent people and others maybe a two or one talent person. I tend to believe we each have more talents than we might think. In the parable of the talents in Matthew 25:14-30, the master gave his servants varying talents. To one he gave five, to another he gave two and to another he gave one. Each of us is no different than the servants aforementioned. They, just as we, did nothing to deserve the gifts they are given. How well they used them and for what purpose was their decision, just as how we use our gifts is our decision.
How will we redeem our time and gifts? We sometimes struggle to figure out just what our God given talents are and sometimes we may need to develop our talents.
Needless to say, each of us have gifts that God has given us to help the church grow, function and glorify Christ. Ephesians 4:16 “From whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edification of itself in love.” How does one develop this God given talent? In Matthew 24:45-51, Matthew writes of the two servants. Verse 45 asks “Who then is a faithful and wise servant” and verse 46 tells us ”blessed is that servant whom his master, when he comes, will find so doing”. Doing is an action verb. What kind of action? Is it a command? It would seem so to me. Action! Doing, using and developing our talents or gifts, glorifying God and serving others and the church requires action.
Matthew compares Christ’s return to a thief in the night (Matthew 24:36-44), and in Matthew 25:1-13 Jesus tells us of the ten virgins who took their lamps to meet the bridegroom, five of them were wise and five were foolish. Matthew 25:44 “ Therefore you also be ready for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.” Let’s use our talents while we can. This past Sunday night, four of the vision groups shared with us opportunities, and next Sunday night the remaining four vision groups will share even more opportunities to get plugged into the work of the body, “to be doers of the word, and not hearers only” (James 1:22). In closing, please let me encourage you to keep up the good work. If you’re hesitant in getting involved let me encourage you to get involved by contacting one of the vision group leaders. There is so much to do for the Lord and His church. Finally, my brethren, let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up (Galatians 6:9).