Word for Today – Matthew25:15

According to Our Ability

I’m not an expert in word origins, but I’ve always been fascinated that this section of Matthew 25 uses the word “talent”. Sure, it is literally referring to a unit of money, but the spiritual implications of what is said here shows that God has invested certain “talents” in each us and expects a return on his investment.

“to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability” (Matthew 25:15 NRSV).

Have you ever heard or been guilty of saying, “I have no talents”? That line of thinking is contrary to what the Bible teaches. One well-known verse lays it out quite succinctly that God does have plans for every individual he creates:

“For surely I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord, plans for your welfare and not for harm, to give you a future and a hope” (Jeremiah 29:11).

Anyone who thinks they are void of a divine talent from God denies his ability and questions his intentions. Why would God put a call on our lives and then not equip us for success? I’m not comfortable going there, are you?

When we move beyond the crippling thoughts of having no gifts, talents, or resources from above, we can burst into the arena of blessing others and giving God a return on his investment in us.

How do we do this? First, what do you have an natural aptitude for? Are you compassionate, encouraging, great with numbers or words, or dealing with people? Those are just a few of the things that God needs help with here on earth.

Another clue: what does your heart yearn to do? Words burst forth from the heart of a writer. God makes beautiful music in the soul of a musician. He trains prayer warriors in the quiet battlefield of the mind. What does your mind, heart, and soul scream to do? Pay attention to that; it lives in you for a reason.

God gives to us so we can give to others. We cheat too many souls when we fail to tap into the many talents God invests in us. But most of all, we cheat God who sprinkled incredible talents into the lives of all his children.

Word for Today: God invests in each of us, let’s bless him back . . .each according to our ability.

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