Today’s post is part of a weekly blog link up called Five Minute Friday. Click on the link to read some of the other posts! I am blown away by the writing of these Christian writers from all over the world! Today’s word prompt is TALENT.
When you hear someone say the word “talent“, skill or natural aptitude come to mind. The more talented you are, the more our culture celebrates you. There is a societal push to be “the best”. It is hard to stay motivated to do all you can once you realize being “number 1” is not possible.
In biblical times, a talent was a unit of measurement. In the very familiar story called the “Parable of the Talents” , Jesus taught us some very valuable lessons about talent.
Jesus said the kingdom of heaven is like a rich ruler going on a long journey who gives each servant some money before he leaves. One receives five talents, another receives two, and the last receives one (each according to their own ability).
After returning, the ruler asks each servant what they did with what he gave them. The first and second servants doubled their talents and are praised by the ruler.
The servant who was given one talent, hid what he was given and did nothing to increase it. The ruler was angry with him, called him a “wicked and slothful”servant, and gave his talent to the man with ten. (Matthew 25:14-30)
My pastor preached an amazing sermon last week based on the “Parable of the Talents” entitled, Flip the Bag. It was about Kingdom Stewardship.
He explained a talent would be worth around one million dollars in today’s currency. Then he referred to each one of the servants by the talents they received (One bag Billy, Two bag Timmy, and Five bag Freddie). He jokingly yelled, “It’s still a million!”
Billy had not been given as much as the others but he still had a lot! He buried his talent out of comparison and fear.
What I can do may not be as much as someone else but it still has great value.
My daughter is a senior in high school this year. She received several acceptance letters but was waiting to hear from my Alma Mater and her school of choice, UNC-Chapel Hill. When she received notification of her acceptance, we were over-the-moon excited. She was grinning from ear to ear until she talked to some of her friends who received merit scholarships and admittance into the “honor’s college”.
She was so grateful for her one bag of getting accepted until she heard about others getting more.
After Sunday’s sermon, I reminded her (and myself)…”It’s still a million”.
Now is NOT the time to bury the many gifts she has been given over others appearing to receive more. We have yet to see what God will do with her college career.
“Success is peace of mind which is a direct result of self-satisfaction in knowing you did your best to become the best you are capable of becoming.” -John Wooten
Are you doing your best with the talents God gave you?