The oxford dictionary defines a ‘Gift’ as a “natural ability”. It then defines ‘Talent’ as a “natural ability to do something well”. It is clear that these words are very similar as they both include the term ‘natural ability’. Additionally, the word ‘Natural’ means “not made or caused by humans”. ‘Ability’ means “able to do something”. By putting all of these words and definitions together, it is so evident that God is behind every gift/talent that we have!
I strongly believe that part of our purpose on earth is to use our God-given gifts and talents to bring glory to God! There’s a quote I once read by the late writer Leo Buscaglia that said, “Your talent is God’s gift to you. What you do with it is your gift back to God.” It is important to note that you have a choice about who and what you use your gift for. Will you dedicate it to God? Will you use it to serve and bring Glory to Him? Will you use it to bless others and for the enhancement of His Kingdom here on Earth? Or will you use it for the world and conform? Will you bury it and waste it? The choice is yours.
(I suggest you use it for God, though!)
One day, I randomly remembered the ‘parable of the talents’ and the servant who buried his. It was constantly playing on my mind throughout that particular day, so I knew I had to pray as I was determined to not be like that servant.
“For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money. After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them.
“So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’
“Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’
“But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents.” Matthew 25:14-28 NKJV
With this scripture in mind, I intentionally set out time that week to pray about my talents and gifts. Now, I knew what they were (well I thought I did) but I just wanted to confirm them with God in case there were any that I may have been unaware of.
God is so faithful because on the Thursday of that very week, Daizy asked me to write for Jesuslovyou! I remember specifically praying that I didn’t want any gift or talent that I have to go to waste and that God should reveal the ones that I may have buried without realising. God definitely heard that prayer as a few days later, I would find myself agreeing to write for a blog – something I had never dreamt of doing before. I didn’t even identify as a writer, all I knew is that it was something that I really enjoyed doing, but was content with writing in my journals and notebooks for me to look back on and read. I didn’t ever see writing as a gift that God had given to me.
to be continued