Tuesday, September 15, 2015
Using your talents
God has given all of us talents and believers also seek for spiritual gifts, spiritual talents. The question is:What do we do with those talents? How do we use it? Do we use it for ourselves or do we use it for the kingdom of God?
If we follow Jesus Christ then we do everything to glorify Jesus, to build the kingdom of God. That is the purpose of the talents.
We read in Matthew 25, Jesus was talking about these talents that God gives to us.
14“For it is just like a man about to go on a journey, who called his own slaves and entrusted his possessions to them. 15“To one he gave five talents, to another, two, and to another, one, each according to his own ability; and he went on his journey."
We all know what happened after the Master left. These slaves went and they worked with these talents to produce more. It was only the one that received one talent that did not use that one talent, he buried it. The master returned and he required of each of these slaves to show what they had done with their talents.
We read about the one who had one talent an produced nothing with it: Verse 24“And the one also who had received the one talent came up and said, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow and gathering where you scattered no seed. 25‘And I was afraid, and went away and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is yours.’
26“But his master answered and said to him, ‘You wicked, lazy slave, you knew that I reap where I did not sow and gather where I scattered no seed. 27‘Then you ought to have put my money in the bank, and on my arrival I would have received my money back with interest. 28‘Therefore take away the talent from him, and give it to the one who has the ten talents.’
29“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. 30“Throw out the worthless slave into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."
God gives us talents according to our ability and He will require of us that we multiply, that we use those talents for His kingdom. If we don't we will not just lose rewards, we will lose everything. We will end up in HELL.
Many believers think that if they refuse to work for the kingdom of God, if they refuse to apply their talents for the kingdom of God that they will lose rewards. You will lose your life and you will lose it for eternity.
If we are of the kingdom of God we have to apply our talents for the kingdom of God or else we will perish. People are concerned about many things but Jesus said:"Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all the other things will be added unto you . What are we using our talents for? Are we applying them to the kingdom of God? What are we working for? Are we working for those things that perish or are we building the kingdom of God? Are we ourselves following Jesus Christ and bringing others unto Him? Are all our efforts directed at building the kingdom of God or are we squandering our talents on the things of the world, on ourselves?
If we do not build the kingdom of God and do not work for the kingdom of God we will perish. It will happen to us what happened to the slave with the one talent, he was cast into outer darkness where there will be moaning and gnashing of teeth.
Do not be deceived. If we are not willing to work for the kingdom of God and apply ourselves to the building of the kingdom of God, we have no part in it and we will perish.
May Jesus bless you.