Being “talented” can be something very different from what you think. For example: Have many tests!
The parable of the talents: The tests are also talents
In the parable of the talents (Matthew 25: 14-30), Jesus speaks of a man who gave each of his servants a different number of talents (a sum of money) to take care of. The intention was that they could obtain a profit for the teacher with what had been entrusted to them.
The talents in the parable are said to be our abilities and strengths, as when we say that someone is talented in something. But the talents also represent the circumstances that God has given me in life; opportunities where I can carry out God’s will.
Now I must see myself and examine my life through the eyes of God: What has this body given me for? Or this personality? These skills? This family? These circumstances? Can I see clearly that they are talents entrusted to me ? The trials and difficulties, or the prosperity and the good times, are all opportunities that God has entrusted to me personally, in fact in the eyes of God, many challenges means that I have been given many talents; Many tests mean that I am very talented! for I am the only one who can carry out these tasks, since all my circumstances are completely unique according to God’s purpose.
God trusts me to use these possibilities and at the same time develop and grow obtaining eternal content. He has given me the tools to do it. God gives me His word to teach me what I should do if I am willing, and the Holy Spirit gives me the strength to carry it out. Jesus has come forward as a forerunner to show me the way. In every situation, with every talent that has been given to me, the name of God can be glorified (as Jesus did in John 12: 27-28), the will of God can be carried out (as Jesus did in Luke 22:42) and I can earn an “eternal weight of glory” (2 Corinthians 4: 17-18).
Noting the talents that have been given to me
In the parable, the servants had to give an account of the talents entrusted to them. Two of them wisely had handled them, so they made a profit. This can be compared to using my circumstances to obtain eternal riches. God’s investment in me is that he has given me a body and circumstances in which I can do His will. The gain He expects in return is that the sin be eradicated piece by piece in my life, and that it can be replaced with a new creation: the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22), eternal life (John 12:25). Romans 2: 6-7) and above all, that through all these things, God be glorified by my body and my situations.
The Lord praised the first two servants, saying: “Well, good faithful servant; you have been faithful over a little; I will put you on much; enter into the joy of your lord. “
However, the third servant, who had received only one talent, had hidden it in the earth and had nothing to show for what had been given to his care. The man was very displeased with him, calling him bad and negligent, saying: “… take away the talent, and give it to the one who has ten talents; for to him who has, it will be given, and he will have more; and to the one who does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him; and cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. “
This may seem hard and unfair. After all, he had been given the least talent of the three servants, and he just returned just what he received, was not it? The point was that he had not used the talent he had been given; He was lazy and was not willing to do any work. Not only had he not made a profit from it, but probably the talent was damaged and rotted by having been buried on earth. That is why the trial of the Lord was totally fair.
Using or burying the talents that have been given to me
The talents may vary. Let’s say that I am very good at something: do I use that ability to bless others, to do good, to help and guide in the way of good? Or do I bury them for myself and for my own benefit? Let’s also say that I am going through tests of illness, difficulties in finances or that we are understood and that I am judged by it: I use my skills to overcome complaints, doubts, discouragement, etc … that usually arise from the sin in my flesh? o Do I recognize the opportunity as a unique talent, which I can use to obtain the fruit of the Spirit such as: gratitude, faith, joy, etc.? Or do I “bury” it by yielding to sin and not gain anything of eternal value in the trial?
Life lessons from the parable of the talents
If I have not gained anything from the situations that God has given me, no matter what those circumstances are, I am in the same position as the lazy servant. In fact, doing nothing is the same as allowing my natural tendency to sin to grow more and more, and the ending to be worse than the beginning.
But now I can do something with the opportunities and grace that God has given me. The result of my circumstances, whether large or small, long or short, heavy or light, should always be something of eternal value created in me: where there was impatience, now there is patience; where there was ingratitude, now there is gratitude; where I had problems supporting others, now there is love; Where I was weak, now I have become strong.
In this way I will hear those wonderful words from the mouth of my Lord, whom I have served all my life: “Well, good faithful servant; you have been faithful over a little, I will set you much; enter into the joy of your lord. “ Matthew 25:21.