I like the parables. As a teacher (and as a learner), I relate much more to storytelling than I do to lecturing. Give me all the elementary classes:) And Jesus often used stories – or parables – in order to teach. Not only do I grasp those lessons quicker but I remember them better as well. And the parable of the talents (found in Matthew 25:14-28) is one of my favorites! I immediately thought of it when I saw today’s FMF prompt: talent.
GO – In the parable, three servants are given different amounts of talents. They are expected to make good use of (to be good stewards with) their talents – no matter how many or how few – while their master is away. When the master returns, he rewards those who have been faithful. However, one servant does nothing with his one talent. He is not only held accountable for his laziness but is severally judged.
The talents in the parable refer to money. However, in much the same way, God has given each of us talents – unique gifts and abilities. And we are to be faithfully using those talents in order to please Him, to honor Him, and to point others to Christ. I may not have as many talents as some (I definitely do not). My one talent might not be as exciting or as charismatic (or as __________) as another one’s talent, but I am only accountable for what has been given to me.
You would think about my stage of life (um, my age), I would understand that truth; however, I am often unfaithful with the talent(s) He has entrusted to me. Just as guilty as the “wicked and slothful” servant. Comparison is one of the easiest tricks of the enemy that causes me to simply do nothing with my talent. It is not necessarily that I want more – or even different – talents but I way too often compare my talent to someone (anyone, everyone!) around me. I can (far too) quickly convince myself to simply bury my talent – like the unfaithful servant – and “not even bother.”
STOP – However, I sincerely want to hear the master say, “well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things…..enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.” (Matthew 25:23) I want to be faithful. I want the joy that comes with being diligent to use what He has given me. Surely that applies to my abilities, as well as my time, my treasure….all of it. (But, I am already past my five minutes and that is an entire post more!)
Stop comparing. Stop doubting and stop overthinking…but simply get busy. Keep working, serving and being faithful. Using the talent you have been given.