Talents- Shrewd or Just Lazy?

Whatever your hand finds to do,do it with all your might, for in the grave where you are going,there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.-Ecclesiastes 9:10

Upon the right improvement of our time depends our success in acquiring knowledge and mental culture. The cultivation of the intellect need not be prevented by poverty, humble origin, or unfavorable surroundings. Only let the moments be treasured. A few moments here and a few there, that might be frittered away in aimless talk; the morning hours so often wasted in bed; the time spent in traveling on trams or railway cars, or waiting at the station; the moments of waiting for meals, waiting for those who are tardy in keeping an appointment—if a book were kept at hand, and these fragments of time were improved in study, reading, or careful thought, what might not be accomplished. A resolute purpose, persistent industry, and careful economy of time, will enable men to acquire knowledge and mental discipline which will qualify them for almost any position of influence and usefulness. -Christ Object Lessons: Talents

A story is told in the Bible of a man going on a journey who called his servants and entrusted his property to them. To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and lastly one to the other; each according to his ability. Then he went on a journey.

The man with five talents invested at once and gained five more. So also the one with two gained two more. But the man who had received the one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground and his Master’s money.

After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. The man who had received five brought the other five he had gained and behold his master commends saying,

” well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your Master’s happiness.

Note this is the same commendation the servant who had two talents gets after bringing in two more.

Unfortunately for the servant with one hidden talent, the master rebukes his laxity and laziness because he couldn’t even think of depositing his talent to gain interest. What a waste!

Finding a purpose in life, building self discipline to follow this ultimate goal to be the best version of who God intends you to be takes more than dreaming but also working. 

It is an art of learning to toe the line and shrewdly look into self. What are your abilities? Learning is an ever continuous process…what can you learn to Improve self and reach the zenith of your journey?

To every man God has given “according to his several ability.” 

The talents are not apportioned capriciously. He who has ability to use five talents receives five. He who can improve but two, receives two. He who can wisely use only one, receives one. 

None need lament that they have not received larger gifts; for He who has apportioned to every man is equally honored by the improvement of each trust, whether it be great or small

The one to whom five talents have been committed is to render the improvement of five; he who has but one, the improvement of one. God expects returns “according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not.” 

It’s paramount to note that talents are more than spiritual endowments given to us but also other natural capabilities original or acquired. Meaning we can gain new skills by learning and studying.

Talents are not limited to capabilities but do include:

*Money.                *Speech. 

*Influence – we all have a sphere of influence. Whether we are aware of it or not.  How well do you use your influence and following?      

*Time.                      *Health.

*Strength- mental,physical and spiritual.

*Kind and random acts of affections yes even a smile, a kind word, a shoulder to lean on. Not everyone can do that.

Our talents should be used in cultivating,improving and making the world a better place. Uplifting not tearing down. Supporting not withdrawing. Giving and not selfishly gathering unto self. Because the more we give the more we receive. 

What are you doing with yours today? Because everyone has a unique ability and finesse in something.

If by our example we aid others in the development of good principles, we give them power to do good. In their turn they exert the same influence upon others, and they upon still others. Thus by our unconscious influence thousands may be blessed. 
You always reap what you sow.


NIV BIBLE  Matthew 25:14-30


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