The parable of the talents is a very important teaching of Jesus that teaches a whole lot. Jesus Christ, in other to pass across a deep message, used parables in some of his teachings. And the parable of the talents is one which carries a rich message especially as that which concerns what we do with our God given talents here on Earth.
Jesus told his disciples a parable of three men who were given some amount of wealths by their master. The first man was given 5 bags of gold, the second man 2 bags and the third man 1 bag. After which he set off to a journey.
The man who was given 5 bags of gold went to work immediately, invested the money properly and was able to make 5 more bags of gold. The second man did the same thing and doubled his bag of golds. But the last man went ahead and dug the ground and hid his bag of gold; no investments, no work.
On his return, the master called these men to come and give account of the golds he gave them. The 1st man brought back doubled of what he was given, and the master was pleased with him. The 2nd man did the same and the master was happy with him. But the last man came back with nothing but complaints. He told his master that he was afraid and went out and hid his gold in the ground.
Here is his master's reply, "You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest."
‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
This parable is of great importance in our lives as humans. Here are 4 important lessons one could really learn from this great teaching of Jesus.
1. Everyone Has A Gift/Talent From God
God have given everyone on earth a special gift. This gift is uniquely embedded in a person. The main purpose is to use the gifts in fulfillment to what God wants. Some have the gift of healing, speaking in tongues, prophesy.
No matter how small or big your gift is, it is important to use it to the glorification of God. Don't be like the last man who knowingly, refused to make use of his talent. If you can sing, don't be shy put your talent to work and win souls for God.
2. Your Life Journey May Be Defined By How You Use Your Gifts.
The parable of talents succinctly explains this concept. What happened to the two men who used their talent well? They were rewarded for their efforts. It is not rocket science, there's a popular saying that goes "He who work must eat". Put your talents to work brothers and sisters, don't conceal or hide it.
Look at what Verse 23 says "His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things".
The more you labour for God, the higher your elevation according to His wish. Repent from lukewarmness and pray for the anointing to work for him.
3. Don't Be Jealous Of Other People's Talents.
Talents given by God is equally distributed to his children. God gives you what you can handle. So, be contented and use it to his glorification. Don't be jealous or envious of other people's gifts. That is not what God wants.
Rather, praise God for what you have and for others too and work towards using yours for His kingdom. Remember, the spirit of envy comes from the enemy, repent of every envious thought you have ever had towards others and pray for the Grace not to do it again.
4. You Shall Give Account One Day
Remember, just like the master who came back after his journey and asked his servants to give account, so will God Almighty on the last day ask everyone to give account of how you used your talents.
John 15:2 says, He cuts off every branch in me that bears no fruit, while every branch that does bear fruit he prunes so that it will be even more fruitful. Refuse to be he that bears no fruit today. The best time to make that decision is now. Pray to God for the strength to work for him and he will answer you.
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