Grace and peace be unto you.
The journey continues…
If you were asked to name five talented people, your list might include Usain Bolt, Helen Keller, William Shakespeare, Simone Biles, Ludwig van Beethoven, Pablo Picasso, or Pele. These famous people excelled at their talents through discipline and hard work. Have you noticed that those who fully utilized their talent usually branch out into other ventures such as entrepreneurship or develop a second talent? It seems as if our Lord opens more doors of opportunity when we optimize our talents.
The master and his three servants
The parable is often told about a man who was going on a long journey. And so, he entrusted his property to three of his servants and gave them 5, 2, and 1 talent respectively, according to their ability. After which, he went on his journey. The servant who received 5 talents invested wisely and obtained 5 more, similarly, the one who received 2 gained 2 more. However, the servant who received 1 talent hid his master’s money and received no increase.
After a long time, the master returned and settled accounts with the servants. He was pleased with the work of the servants who received 5 and 2 talents and increased their responsibilities. On the other hand, he was upset with the servant who received one talent and took it from him (Matthew 25:14-30).
God gives us at least one talent
God has given you at least one talent which might include photography, writing, landscaping, or organizing things. You do not have the luxury of choosing your talent; God gives you a talent based on your ability. Hence, if you can manage more than one talent, He gives you a few. While if you have the ability to manage one, He gives you one. He knows what is best. Sadly, the “world” recognizes multi-talented people more than those who have one talent, but in God’s eyes, everyone has the correct number of talents and is equally admired.
Jesus desires that we use our talents to glorify Him. As such, He provides opportunities for us to fully develop our talents so we can earn a living and help others. If you have not seen your opportunities, just ask him, the Bible says, “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you” (James 1:5). Your opportunities may be different from your friends’ because God’s plan for each person is unique. Even so, He is pleased when you maximize every opportunity.
Jesus has given us the resources to succeed
What do we need to be successful? The answer is three words; talent, opportunity, and the Holy Spirit. God has given us all three. He prepared everything we need to prosper before we were born. Hence, when we enter the world, we are given the “hand” of success.
When we follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit, invest time in hard work and develop our talent, we are successful. When we use and improve our talent, it shows that we appreciate God’s gift. The result is that He blesses us and opens doors to new opportunities. Then, the beauty and benefits of our talent are revealed. Have you identified your talent? Are you pleased with how you have managed it over the years?
Heavenly Father, I pray that you grant us the wisdom to identify and maximize our talents, in Jesus’s name, Amen.