As of late, I’ve been seeing the parable of the talents (found in Matthew 25:14-29) pretty often and whenever that happens, I know that it’s God’s way of getting my attention to show me something. So, I took some time to read it through a few times and asked God, “what is it that I’m supposed to see here?”. What he showed me, while may seem obvious, completely opened my eyes to the reason why purpose is so important.
In case you’re not familiar with the parable, here’s the run down:
A master lends talents to his servants (according to their ability – this could preach also, but I digress for now) – 5 to one, 2 to another, and 1 to the last. He leaves for a long time and during that time the servants with 5 and 2 talents were able to double the talents giving the master back 10 and 4 (clearly, they’re bomb dot com business people!) but the last servant was fearful and lazy and instead of working his talent to get more, he buried it to give it back to the master. When the master came back, he was happy with the first two servants but the last he called lazy and wicked (kinda harsh but the bible gets like that sometimes). The talent was then taken from the last servant and given to the one who had produced 10 talents.
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What did I take from this?
- The master didn’t tell them to multiply their gifts, they figured that out on their own. Taking initiative is HUGE! We can’t expect things to just fall into our laps, no matter how talented we are. Once we start moving, I believe God will lead and guide us on how to best use our talents/gifts but we have to kick laziness to the curb and get up and start to DO!
- Fear stifles you and will put you in last place. If you want to WIN in life, you can’t allow fear to overtake you. Fear will cause you to neglect and under appreciate the talents that God has given you.
- How did the other servants double their talents? They went out and traded with other people (vs. 16 & 17). We have to NETWORK! Networking is something I’ve been afraid of for years but I’ve come to realize that networking is vital to multiplying your gift. Networking enables you to learn from others, gain exposure, and expose you to things that you wouldn’t know/learn/see if you kept to yourself.
- If you don’t use your talent, it will be taken away (vs. 29).
- Have confidence because the gifts we are given are given because we already have the ability and the grace to handle them (vs. 15).
So today, if you’re like me and battle with laziness and fear, let’s push past our feelings with confidence knowing that we can work the talents that God has given us (or else He wouldn’t have given them to us to begin with!).
Love you guys and I hope this post leaves you feeling inspired and ready to tackle anything that’s been in your heart to do. You can do it!!
Daily declaration –
“I am not lazy. I am bold, full of confidence, and ready to multiply my position in life using the gifts that God has given me!”