Author : Evangelist Daniel Sushanth.
Jesus, in his teachings, often used parables to impart important lessons. Among these parables, the Parable of the Talents holds significant importance. Therefore, it is essential to understand what talent means and what the Holy Bible says about it.
Matthew, chapter 25:14-30. In this parable, a man entrusts his servants with his possessions before leaving on a journey. To one servant, he gives five talents, to another two, and to another one. When the master returns, the first two servants have doubled their talents through trading, but the third servant buried his talent and did nothing with it. The master rewards the first two servants for being faithful but punishes the third servant for being lazy and disobedient.
So, who do you think is wise and sincere among the three servants? Most would agree that the servants who traded and doubled their talents were wise and sincere. The master rewarded them with the words, “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!”
However, the servant who buried his talent was punished, and his talent was given to the servant who had ten talents. This parable teaches us that it’s important to follow the master’s voice and instructions and to use the talents we’ve been given to contribute to the kingdom of heaven.
Using our talents doesn’t always mean being a preacher or worship leader. It can be something as simple as offering to chauffeur a family to church, cooking for a fellowship gathering, or sharing Bible stories with our children. The possibilities are endless, and it’s important to use our talents to contribute to the kingdom of God rather than wasting time on gossip or slander.
Throughout history, there have been many individuals who have used their talents to contribute to the kingdom of God. Here are a few examples-
Mother Teresa was a Catholic nun who dedicated her life to serving the poor and sick in India. She founded the Missionaries of Charity, an organization that operates hospices and homes for people with HIV/AIDS, leprosy, and tuberculosis.
Florence Nightingale, During the Crimean War, known as “The Lady with the Lamp” made rounds at night to tend to wounded soldiers. Her nursing work during this time was instrumental in improving hygiene and living standards, leading to a significant reduction in death rates.
Let us utilize our abilities in a productive way to bear fruit for the Kingdom of God. It’s important to make the most of our limited time and strive to be a valuable asset rather than a hindrance.
Take action now, without expecting acknowledgment or admiration from others. Keep in mind that our goal is to make a positive impact on the Kingdom of God.
In conclusion, let’s make good use of our talents and discover any hidden talents we may have. This way, we can be useful in building God’s kingdom and glorifying Him.
##Living by Faith##