Using Our Gifts

In Matthew 25 is recorded the parable that Jesus told about talents. Before the master left, he gave talents to three of his servants.  One man got five; the next one got two; and the last one got one.   The first two doubled their talents, but the last one just held onto the one that he got.  When the master returned, he was pleased with the first two, but not the last man.  The talent of the last man was given to the one who now had ten.

For to everyone who has, more shall be given,
and he will have an abundance;
but from the one who does not have,
even what he does have shall be taken away.
Matthew 25:29

God gives each of us talents or gifts of ability.  When we compare ourselves with others, we usually feel like we have no gifts.  We should, instead, do all that we see that we can do and pray for the ability to do more.  From my experience, I have seen that God not only helps a person to use the gift that she sees that she has, but He will also reveal more gifts.  If we sit and complain about what we don’t have, we will lose our ability to use the ability that we do have.

Another way that we lose our gift is when we don’t like the situation we find ourselves in.  We are using the gift; we can see that this is the place and manner in which it is to be used, but we don’t like the situation.  We tend to complain about things and then decide to just quit and to do something different or to not use that ability anymore.  We will be able to give ourselves very good reasons why we should quit, and we will convince ourselves that it is the right thing to do.  Instead of complaining, pray and ask the Lord to help in the situation.  Ask Him to show how to better use the ability that He gave.

Be patient with the Lord.  He is not as much interested in seeing you use your talent as He is in your trusting Him to guide you.  Our own personal attitudes are what often slow down our progress, not the outside circumstances.  Wait for God to guide you so that you can use your talent/ability His way; then you will hear “Well done.”

 His master said to him,
“Well done, good and faithful slave.
You were faithful with a few things,
I will put you in charge of many things;
enter into the joy of your master.”
Matthew 25:21 and 23

Finally then, brethren, we request and exhort you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us instruction as to how you ought to walk and please God (just as you actually do walk),
that you excel still more.

1 Thessalonians 4:1

 Whether, then, you eat or drink or whatever you do,
do all to the glory of God.

1 Corinthians 10:31

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