Use your talents or lose them

In Matthew 25: 14, Jesus explains the secret of the Kingdom of God by using a parable. The parable talks about three servants whose master was going on a journey. Before the master set out on the journey, he called his servants and gave each one of them talents according to their ability and then left. After a long time the master was back and called out the servants to take an account of what they had done with the talents. The servant who was given 5 talents earned 5 more and the master commended him. The one with 2 talents earned 2 more and likewise, the master commended his hard work. The servant who was given one talent didn’t earn anything. All he did was to hide the talent in the ground. When the master called him in, he just returned the talent to the master. The master was angry and rebuked this servant.

The man who received one talent knew very well  the nature of his master since he said “I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.”

How often we know what to do with what we have but instead of simply obeying the commands of the master we give priority to our own emotions and feelings and run after our own thoughts. The servant with one talent did the same thing. Bible says He was afraid of the master. The master was in-fact a righteous man who highly valued his treasure and possessions. He knew the value of the talents he had given to his servants and he expected that his servants would appreciate and value the talents, just as he did. Not only so, the master had never designed the talents to be buried or to be hidden from others. The master wants the talents to  used and shared with others.

The servant with one talent told the master that he was afraid of him. The servant was afraid because he actually didn’t know the master. He never loved the master the way other servants did. Bible says that perfect love drives out all fears. Love develops by spending time in the presence of the Lord and not just listening about HIM master from others. The servant with one talent must have heard that his master was harsh but never cultivated the habit to spend time to know why the master was harsh with his possessions. His ignorance and fear turned into laziness and all ended up hiding his talents.

Are we using our talents? Are we afraid of God or totally ignorant of his existence?  May be our heart tell us that there is God but our thoughts don’t want to submit to HIS authority? Is our knowledge about the son of God is limited to what we have heard from others? Have we spent enough time to dig out the reasons why He is the way He is?  Are we using our talents in the right direction or just burying and hiding them from others since we are afraid to bring them to light.

Bible says that the fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge. Let’s submit our thoughts, emotions, fear and knowledge to God and ask him to ignite passion in us so that we value our talents and use them for his glory.

May the master be pleased with the works of our hands and commend us by saying, “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’