The scripture that I’m using today is Matthew 25:16, 21-22.
“For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more.
And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I have made five talents more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’
If you read a bit more of that story in the Bible you will see that not all the servants who were given talents form their Master, were as faithful as this one.
I don’t know about you but sometimes I am more like the other guys in the story than I am like this one.
Sometimes I limit –in my own heart in my own mind the talents that I believe that have to offer. I feel like there are times when I have reached my limit of ability. That I have written the best words I will ever write. That I have spoken the best speech I will ever share.
Maybe you are thinking of a parenting talent or a career talent that you have believed has simply been maxed out–
In the post here on the blog and episode number 49 of Permission to Pause Podcast, we paused over the word UNLIMITED.
Today’s pause is a bit along that same line of thinking—today we are going to pause and consider our talents and where we might be holding back on our Master, our Father God.
All too often we think about ourselves as having limited talents. We feel like we reach our ceiling in terms of our skills and abilities and just give up. Which in some cases, can be just the thing to do GIVE UP for a REST—FOR A PAUSE!!
God promises us that if we will give Him all we have, HE will multiply our efforts.
My guess is this friend in Matthew 25 was just as surprised as anyone that God had doubled his efforts!
Let’s pause today and think about our talents—as small as they may seem.
I know God has given me the ability to write, speak, and teach—I do not need to measure my level of talent against someone else’s. I simply need to invest in what he has blessed me with and let HIM multiply it for His glory!
As we pause about how God is calling us to serve Him right here, right now with the talents that He has given us, He has already released every resource, every skill, and every ability that we need to accomplish what He’s calling us to do. All we have to do is offer the gifts we have, and He will take care of the rest.
WRITE YOUR TALENTS DOWN and offer them to God, regardless of whether it is 5 or 10 or 2—Acknowledge the talent God has placed in you and let’s get on with it! Shall we?
Lord, thank you so much that you have already given me all the gifts that I need to accomplish the calling and passions you have placed on my heart. Lord, if there’s something right now in my life that I have decided is beyond my ability, beyond my talents, I ask you Holy Spirit to shake it up in me, I do not want to bury any talent you have placed in me! Jesus, give me the courage to step out into what I feel you’ve called me to do and trust that you will multiply my talents as they are needed. Amen.
See you next time 🙂