For this week’s meditation we would turn our attention to the Parable of Talents. Though the term talent in Bible referred to money however through this parable Jesus wanted to share about how each talent/gift given by God is to be used wisely and not wasted.
Let’s read the parable from the Bible first.
Matthew 25:14-30, “ Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them.  To one he gave five talents, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey.  The man who had received five talents went at once and put his talents to work and gained five talents more.  So also, the one with two talents gained two more.  But the man who had received one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.  “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them.  The man who had received five talents brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have gained five more.’  “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’  “The man with two talents also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two talents; see, I have gained two more.’  “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’  “Then the man who had received one talent came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed.  So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’  “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed?  Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.  “ ‘So take the talent from him and give it to the one who has ten talents.  For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.  And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
We read about how the three servants were given talents as per their ability and what they did with it. While meditating on this topic, Holy Spirit revealed three life lessons which I would like to share with all with a desire that it may bless and encourage you!
Life Lesson One: Comparison leads to dissatisfaction.
Probably one of the biggest problem in Church today is of comparison. ‘Our Church building should be bigger than that one’, ‘We should have more followers on social media than that pastor’, ‘why is he leading worship and not me?’, ‘why does he get a chance to preach and not me?’, ‘I know more from the Bible than him’, etc, etc.
The parable tells us that their Master did not unevenly distribute the talents because he was partial or favoured one servant over the other BUT as per their ability! Which means he knew who could responsibly handle what and accordingly gave.
The moment we understand and acknowledge this truth all dissatisfaction would go out of the window! The Master was equipping all three of his servants for success and two of them actually proved he was right and the best part is that both these servants got the same reward!!
Not everyone who is used for God’s service start as multi talented individuals. Some may just have one talent but that does not mean that we crib and be dissatisfied with God, rather we should focus on using that talent for the glory of God!
Life Lesson Two: Talents when used, lead to new talents being earned!
The two servants had the desire to increase their talents and hence used their talents wisely and were able to double them before their master returned.
Desiring to serve God in more ways than one is a good desire and one that touches the heart of God. You maybe an usher in a Church with a desire to play the guitar during worship. This is a good desire but it requires practice and discipline. But if you persist while executing the responsibility of being an usher faithfully, the Holy Spirit would lead the Worship Leader to invite you to start playing with them!
I can testify of how God blessed me with his gifts. God had given me the talent of sharing from Bible in Church when I was a teenager. Slowly God guided the pastor to give me the responsibility of leading the youth group of our Church. Few months after that I was entrusted with organising the Church functions. What started as just one gift of sharing the word slowly turned into leading and organising as well!
Am sure you would also have such wonderful testimonies in your life or would have seen it happening in someone’s life in Church.
God wants us to use the talent He has given us faithfully and He will keep adding more talents in our lives.
Life Lesson Three: Every Talent is precious!
1 Corinthians 12:27 says, “Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it.”
God has put His talents in each one of us with the desire that the Church of God may be complete in all aspects lacking nothing.
It doesn’t matter if we have one talent or five, what matters is whether we use it or just bury it.
Each member of Church is gifted with talent and only when all are used, does the Church become powerful and effective. We can visualize all the talents in Church as individual pieces of a jigsaw puzzle, only when all are in their right place does a beautiful picture emerge. Every piece of that jigsaw puzzle is important no matter how small!
What talent has God given you and what are you doing with it?
If you are using it faithfully God will bless you with more but if you have buried it, I strongly urge you today to dig it out and start using it for the glory of Jesus so that at the judgement day we are welcomed into God’s eternal kingdom like the two faithful servants or thrown out like the third servant.
God bless you!
Your brother in Christ