Let’s read from the book of Matthew chapter 25 from verses 14 to 29. Most of us know “The Parable of the Talents,” or “The Parable of the Bags of Gold,” and et cetera, that the Lord Jesus told in the book of Matthew chapter 25 verses 14 to 29, but also in the book of Luke chapter 19 verses 12 to 26.
In New International Bible version, in the book of Matthew chapter 25 verses 14 to 29, it records that; “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid 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 bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’ “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ “The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’ “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ “Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’ “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest. “‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.”
In New King James Bible version, in the book of Luke chapter 19 verses 12 to 26, it says that; “Therefore He said: “A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom and to return. So he called ten of his servants, delivered to them ten minas, and said to them, ‘Do business till I come.’ But his citizens hated him, and sent a delegation after him, saying, ‘We will not have this man to reign over us.’ “And so it was that when he returned, having received the kingdom, he then commanded these servants, to whom he had given the money, to be called to him, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading. Then came the first, saying, ‘Master, your mina has earned ten minas.’ And he said to him, ‘Well done, good servant; because you were faithful in a very little, have authority over ten cities.’ And the second came, saying, ‘Master, your mina has earned five minas.’ Likewise he said to him, ‘You also be over five cities.’ “Then another came, saying, ‘Master, here is your mina, which I have kept put away in a handkerchief. For I feared you, because you are an austere man. You collect what you did not deposit, and reap what you did not sow.’ And he said to him, ‘Out of your own mouth I will judge you, you wicked servant. You knew that I was an austere man, collecting what I did not deposit and reaping what I did not sow. Why then did you not put my money in the bank, that at my coming I might have collected it with interest?’ “And he said to those who stood by, ‘Take the mina from him, and give it to him who has ten minas.’ (But they said to him, ‘Master, he has ten minas.’) ‘For I say to you, that to everyone who has will be given; and from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him.”
In our workplaces, one of the main reasons why we got hired is to multiply the effort, to help our companies and organizations to make profit, so that in turn both the employers and employees can win. Employees get their salaries and benefits such as career growth, insurance, social security or pension funds, bonuses, and other benefits. And employers get to make profit and accomplish their vision and mission.
So when they hire you, they expect your involvement will help them to bring profit, and if somehow your addition to the team does not make the difference to the point that they will incur deficit, it can mean that you are no longer needed.
That’s why many employers conduct Performance Appraisal to assess and provide employees regarding their performance and their potential to the company, and whether they are right fit for the job, but also to help them in their career growth and development.
But isn’t amazing that God also secretly conduct Performance Appraisal for us. From the above parables, it clearly shows that God expects us to utilize our gifts and talents. Not only to utilize it, but to the point we become fruitful or profitable, or to the point we start bearing and producing fruit, or profit.
What does it mean? When God gives you a gift or talent, He expects you to use it. And if you don’t use it, He may take it and give to someone else, even if that someone else has more. Since you are not utilizing the gift He has given you, instead of continuing letting you lay it to waste without doing something with it, He might as well give it to someone who will be able to put it into use into great extent.
Even at workplaces, the ones who get promoted and bonuses are the top performers. And we keep wondering why do they keep getting more salaries and we are still on the same salary since the day we got hired.
So we clearly see at our workplaces this principle working that the Lord Jesus said, “For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.”
If you discovered God has given you a talent or gift, you might as well start putting it into use. If you don’t stir that gift or talent in you, and do something to improve, one day will come and you will realize you had so much potential and you didn’t take time to explore what you could have become.
Les Brown has been quoted saying, “The graveyard is the richest place on earth, because it is here that you will find all the hopes and dreams that were never fulfilled, the books that were never written, the songs that were never sung, the inventions that were never shared, the cures that were never discovered, all because someone was too afraid to take that first step, keep with the problem, or determined to carry out their dream.”
And I understand, there are so many things can cause people not to utilize their gifts, talents, and ministry God has bestow in them. One of them is fear; maybe fear of uncertainty, lack of self-confidence, so we are talking about insecurity. But it could also be laziness, perhaps obstacles such as afflictions, lack of funds, and opposition from others. Like in the Bible passage, they are people who will hate on your decisions to fulfill God’s purpose for your life by trying to stop you. And if it concerns the matters of God’s Kingdom business, of course, there is the enemy of God, who will use all certain of things of evil forces of kingdom of darkness to stop you preaching the Gospel and loving God’s people.
We learn that even if you have been given one gift or talent. Cherish it, and put it into use. But you have got to prepare to fight, because at some point or another you will face challenges. The struggle and our challenges are part of our stories of victory. We can’t say we are overcomers when we don’t have testimonies of what we had to overcome.
And we know that it is the Will of God to see us produce much fruit. In the book of John chapter 15 verses 7 and 8, the Lord Jesus said, “If we remain in Him and His Words remain in us, we may ask for anything we want, and it will be granted. When we produce much fruit, we are His true disciples. This brings great glory to our Father.”
It pleases God to see us, His children produce much fruit, become His true disciples, walking in love, preaching the Gospel, involve in God’s Kingdom Business. It gives God joy to see souls are being saved, people are being reconciled to God and brought to eternal life.
In the book of John chapter 4 verses 35 to 36, the Lord Jesus said, “You know the saying, ‘Four months between planting and harvest.’ But I say, wake up and look around. The fields are already ripe for harvest. The harvesters are paid good wages, and the fruit they harvest is people brought to eternal life. What joy awaits both the planter and the harvester alike!”
If you think you are not gifted to preach the Gospel, another way you can get involved is to support those who do. Support them in any way you can; sometimes it’s not just money, you can share their messages to others who may needed to hear. You can pray for them to God to use them in a big way.
When God sees our submissions and willingness to see His Will be done in our lives and His purpose for our lives to be accomplished in our lives and the lives of others, He will bless us with more.
Helen Majaga is a founder of Helen Majaga International, Live to Your Full Potential Podcast & YouCount Magazine, specializing in the training and development of individuals and businesses to achieve personal and professional goals.
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