When I first became involved in a wonderful Christian event, really a life-changing encounter with Christ, called Tres Dias, I was introduced to the phrase: Time, Talents & Treasures. It was pretty easy to define Time and Treasures, but when it came to Talents, I felt “stuck” as I didn’t perceive myself having any.
For me, talents represent the angelic singer, the skilled quarterback, the graceful dancer, the gifted guitar player, the insightful writer, or the accomplished artist. I didn’t fit in any of these concepts and therefore accepted a false belief or agreement that I didn’t have a talent. So when GiGi, my dear friend and partner of Good Steward Sisters, asked me to pray about starting a blog with her and that it would focus on good stewardship, I had to face this false belief in order to move forward.
But how? Well, I went right to where I always go…the lap of my precious Jesus.
(Side note: when I get my teeth sunk in a mission to learn and understand, I don’t stop until the puzzle comes together. So, please hang in there with me on my hunt for truth!) As I sought answers from Him, the Holy Spirit brought me to the Scripture of The Parable of the Talents in Matthew 25. “For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. 15 And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. As I studied the original text of the word “talents” using my trusted resource: Blue Letter Bible, I discovered talents didn’t refer to one’s natural ability to do something well. Instead it represented a sum of money or weight, a unit of measure. Boy was I relieved!
In Bill Johnson’s book, Face to Face with God, he explains “A talent was a sum of money in the ancient world. Because it can be measured, it represents the subject of favor very well, because favor also is a measurable commodity.” And Luke 2:52 says, “And Jesus increased in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men”. The Greek word for favor is charis and is translated as “grace” throughout the majority of the New Testament. God’s grace is commonly defined as the free and unmerited favor of God; a free gift of His holy love for us! So this shows us that favor can and should be increased as we faithfully use the talents/gifts/favor that God entrusted with us…each according to our own ability.
MY OWN ability…
I don’t have to be the dancer, singer, musician, or writer. I have to be me and I must faithfully use what God has entrusted with me to bring Him glory! This my friends set me free to be able to jump in and join my precious GiGi on this adventure!
Now don’t get me wrong…as a human who is constantly bombarded by images through media of not being “enough”, I can easily fall into comparing myself to others, focusing on their gifts, and thus stealing my opportunities to serve God with the unique gifts He gave me.
If this is the first time you’re hearing this or the twentieth time, God wants you to know you are beautifully and uniquely created in His image! He loves you and has a great purpose for your life. Do you know what that purpose is? And if so, are you using it to glorify Him and further His kingdom?
Do you know your God-given talents? If you’re unsure, ask your spouse, children, friend. Sometimes, it is much easier for others to recognize our talents than us.
When you have your answers, I would love for you to share in the comment section of this blog. It is always exciting to rejoice in the gifts of our Father!