Monday, June 17, 2013

Use Your Talents

Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others,
faithfully administering God's Grace in its various forms.
1 Peter 4:10
There is a familiar story of three men who were given varying talents by their master. (Matthew 25:14-30)
The man with the most talents did the most. Not surprising. The man with the second most talents came in second place. Not unexpected.
 The third man did absolutely nothing.  Of course.
He didn't have enough to make a difference.
 When the master saw that he had buried what was given to him, he took it away.
Is that fair? What if he had lost the meager amount on a bad investment? Wouldn't he have been in bigger trouble? Jesus' story doesn't seem to indicate that.
He says nothing about being judged on the basis of failing.
 Judgment is based on doing nothing, burying the talents God has given us.
What resources has God given you to work with in life? Has God given you a lot or a little or something in between? Your answer isn't important. All that matters is what you're going to do with what you've got. What investment do you need to make in this world?
"One thing taught large in the Holy Scriptures is that while God gives His gifts freely, He will require a strict accounting of them at the end of the road."
A.W. Tozer
I hope you all have a blessed week!


living from glory to glory said...

I know first hand that you are using the talents God has given you! May we continue growing in His service.
Blessings, Roxy

Stephanie said...

Thank you, Amy, for this wonderful post! What you quoted from A.W. Tozer was certainly convicting and VERY true! My husband and I enjoy Tozer :) Thank you and have a lovely week.

Hugs to you!

Ceil said...

Hi Amy! I have actually done a study of the Parable of the Talents, it has a lot to say.

You are right that the problem is just not even trying. We need to get out there and try our best with what we have...and you sure are a great example with this blog. It's not easy, and you make it look like it every time :)

Peace in Christ,

PS thank you for putting me in YOUR blogroll!!

Laura Lane said...

Oh, this is so right. This is one reason I tell my kids, "Do whatcha can with whatcha have where you are."

The verse you have at the top of the page is one of my favorites.

Blessings to you from Harvest Lane Cottage,

Pam said...

A good reminder Amy. And in a way its comforting that
it isn't about success or failure, but about doing something with what you have. I like that. Thanks for sharing.
Love and Blessings,

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