Our God-given Talents in the Kingdom is the currency needed to both purchase souls and to edify the Body of Christ.
When invested wisely they produce an abundant return.
When invested frivolously on say, entertaining the world – or even not investing at all – they loose their true value.
Our Talents are to be ‘honed’, protected, encouraged and used wisely for the furtherance of the Kingdom.
In the Parable of the Talents we see that Jesus rebuked the lazy servant for ‘hoarding’ the talents left by the master, which should have been invested for a profitable return. On the other hand Jesus honoured the servant who diligently invested his talents and produced an abundant return.
Although the Lord is talking in this parable about investing money (Talents being the currency of the day) it is true in these New Testament times that both money, talents and our gifts are to be spent wisely, so as to produce a bountiful return.
So how about taking stock now and making an inventory of your God-given talents and gifts? And seek the Lord as to how and where He wants them invested. Perhaps you’d like to consider the following questions:
1. What are you naturally gifted at (list them!)
2. What are you currently doing with them?
3. Are they being spent frivolously on entertaining the world, or invested wisely in reaching out to a lost world and edifying the Body of Christ?
4. Do you encourage others in their gifts and talents and how to use them?
5. Do you feel stuck and don’t know exactly what your gifts and talents are and what to do with them?
6. Are you in a church that don’t really need them?
7. Are you ready to review your investment strategy?
Now that you have begun to think more passionately about your investments, here are a few verses from the Bible to inspire you…
Romans 12:6 “Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them….”
Matthew 5:14 “You are the light of the world…”
Matthew 5:16 “Let your light so shine before men,…”
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