Have you ever considered what your place is in God’s kingdom? What is His call on your life? How does He want you to spend your time and resources? You may be confident in what He has called you to do and you are pursuing those plans. Maybe you have never thought about it or maybe you are unsure. Today, I invite you to consider the Parable of the Talents while you think about that question.
Most of us remember this story from Matthew 25:14-30 where the kingdom of heaven is likened to a rich man about to take a journey to a distant country. He calls his servants to him and entrusts each one with a sizable gift to care for until his return. The three servants received gifts of five talents, two talents, and one talent, respectively, each according to his ability. (A talent is a measurement of weight that was well known in those days and it equaled approximately 6,000 silver coins. Each coin represented a day’s wage for a first century laborer.) The rich man embarks on his journey and two of his servants put their gifts to work immediately and gain even more talents. However, the man that received one talent was fearful of his master and hid the money. This was a costly mistake.
The rich man eventually returns, and he inquires of his servants to see what has become of his property in his absence. He could not have been more pleased with the two servants who had taken what they were given and increased his wealth, his kingdom. “Well done, good and faithful servant”, he said to each (Matthew 25:21, 23, NKJV). At this point we can all see that this probably will not end well for the last servant. The rich man asks the man to give an account of his property. The servant says that his money was hid in the ground for safekeeping and offers it back to his master. His response, “You wicked and lazy servant…” (Matthew 25:26, NKJV).
We understand from this parable that the rich man is God, and we are His servants. He has supplied each of us with gifts and we are to use them for the benefit of His kingdom. We can take the gifts He has supplied us and use them to promote His kingdom, or we can bury them in the ground and offer them back to Him when He returns. The choice is up to us.
This got me thinking. Am I doing all that I can do with the things He has gifted me to further His kingdom? Sadly, no I am not. I can do more and I will. I will use the gifts He has given me and utilize them for His glory and His honor.
How about you? Is there something more that you can do? Are you serving in your local church or community? Do you share your testimony with others? Do you give financially when you are able? Using your gifts to further His kingdom can take many forms. If you are being led to get involved in ministry, you could consider partnering with Hide and Seek Ministries. There are several ways that you can get involved and it does not have to cost you anything except your time. Go to the Home page of the HSM website and click the Get Involved tab to see how you can serve today.
We all have different gifts, and we can all serve in different capacities. Although we would love to have you partner with us, I would encourage you first to be involved in your home church and community. But please, use your gifts for His kingdom. I close with this reminder from Romans 12:6-8 that says, “ Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, let us prophesy in proportion to our faith; or ministry, let us use it in our ministering; he who teaches, in teaching; he who exhorts, in exhortation; he who gives, with liberality; he who leads, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness” (NKJV). God bless you all.