Biblical View of Talent: What does the Bible say about Talents and Gifts?
According to the Bible, Talents can be viewed as the abilities, gifts, opportunities and resources that are given to us. Every single believer of Jesus Christ is gifted with unique abilities and talents that can be used to glorify God. We are called to be faithful, fruitful and trustworthy people, who live for God’s glory, not for selfish ambitions. Every gift and talent that we possess is not inherently our own, but are from God. Therefore, we are supposed to be good and wise stewards of everything that God has placed in our hands. Wise people use their gifts and talents to the best of their ability, for God’s glory, not just for selfish ambitions and comfort.
Biblical View of Talent: God has given you unique talents
According to the Bible, all of us are given different talents and gifts to use for God’s kingdom. For example, a mother of 5 kids may have excellent skills to raise Godly kids, nourishing them with God’s wisdom. A Christian accountant may use the gift of kindness to help a co-worker in accounts, thus showing the love of Christ. A Christian businessman may use his talents to build an extraordinary business with strong un-compromising Christian values as the company standard, which would shine the light of Christ among workers.
What are your talents? Are you using them for God's glory?
Matthew 25:14-30-For [the kingdom of heaven is] as a man travelling into a far country, [who] called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods
Romans 12:6-Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, [let us prophesy] according to the proportion of faith;
James 1:17-Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.
Exodus 31:3-5-And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship,
Biblical View of Talent: All gifts are important
The gifts and talents given to every individual in the body of Christ are equally important. The eye is not better than the ears and ears are not better than the legs. Every member is needed for the body. Do not compare your gifts and talents with others and make a wrong judgement.
Focus on your gifts, talents and calling.
1 Peter 4:10-As every man hath received the gift, [even so] minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.
Romans 12:4-8-For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office:
Acts 2:1-47-And when the day of Pentecost has fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
Biblical View of Talent: Faithful when the master is absent
Jesus is not here in the flesh now. He has ascended to heaven and He will come back. Until his return, He has given us the Holy Spirit to help and guide us in all good works. Until our master and Savior Jesus Christ returns, we are supposed to serve Him faithfully, with the anticipation of His glorious return.
14For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants and delivered unto them his goods.
15And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several abilities; and straightway took his journey.
19After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.
Biblical View of Talent: We are accountable
When Christ returns to establish His kingdom, we are supposed to provide all the accounts for all that He has graciously entrusted in our hands. Will you prove to be faithful or unfaithful? What gifts have you misused or buried?
Mathew 25: 20 - 30
20And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.
21His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
22He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.
23His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
24Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art a hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:
25And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is yours.
26His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:
27Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming, I should have received mine own with usury.
28Take, therefore, the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.
29For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him, that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.
30And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
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