I want to focus in on the Parable of the Talents. The set up that is given is that three guys are given talents by their master. He leaves for a time and during that time two of the guys use their talents in a positive way and actually double what they were given. Most likely they set up some kind of business. Then you have the third guy. He takes his one talent and buries it until the master comes back.
When the Master returns he responds to the first two that doubled what they were given in a very positive way by telling them they will be given much because they were faithful with a little. The third guy was not so fortunate. The master is very unhappy that he did nothing with what he was given. The interesting thing about this is that the third guy tells the master why he decided to bury the talent. He said that he knew the master to be a hard man. The first two said nothing of the sorts.
The third guy had a wrong view of the master, and what the master wanted. The first two took what was given and used it well. We are all given different gifts from God. This can be talents, or abilities, or maybe even money. Whatever it is that God has chosen to bless you with, you are responsible to steward well, or use wisely for the kingdom of God. If God has given you a talent that you never use for Him, what glory does He gain? Does that accomplish His purpose?
Identify what it is that God has gifted you with and use it for Him and His kingdom. As it says later in the passage, we will all give an account for our lives. Will you be the one that stands before God and Him tell you that you clothed the naked and you feed the hungry, and you welcomed the stranger, and visited the sick? Will you stand before him returning more than he trusted you with in the beginning?
By: Dakota Gragg — Student Ministry Associate