The parable is told of a master travelling to a faraway country, issuing out instructions to his servants to take care of his estate.
The master called each of the three servants and gave them talents (in those days money but now considered gifts or special abilities) to facilitate their mission.
After some time, he came back and called them to account for the talents. The first two, who had five and two talents respectively, multiplied their talents whilst the third who had one talent, hid his for fear of losing it.
Whereas the master rewarded the two and increased their talents, he punished the third for failing to work with his talents or putting into a venture to yield interest; he took his talent and gave it to the one with five talents. Matthew 25: 14-28
Similarly, God has given everybody a unique talent or talents to make their mission or assignment on earth easy and worthwhile. For God will never give His servants an assignment without equipping them well to execute it. No matter who you are, where you live, how knowledgeable, intelligent, ‘dull’, smart or resourced you are, you have a talent or gift that is your tool or equipment not only to help you execute your assignment but also make the lives of others better.
Since our presence on this earth is to execute an assignment, it is clear that each and every one of us has a talent or talents.
Therefore, talents are the equipment given to men for the execution of their mission. To succeed on this earth, one must know their assignment and to know one’s assignment, one must identify their talent.
“A man’s gift (talent) maketh room for him and bringeth him before great men” Proverbs 18: 16
To be great or to make it in life requires the identification, development and adequate use of one’s gifts or talents.
Do you know your talents? If you don’t know your assignment on earth, you need to find out from the One who brought you here. He said, “Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee, and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations” Jeremiah 1: 5. He had already planned your life and given you the assignment and talents you need to make that plan feasible.
Remember that, a life lived outside of assignment is a wasted life.
The question many ask is, how do I identify my talent(s)? From childhood, traits of one’s assignment and talents are evident, especially when one sets their attention on it. The assignment was set before one’s coming into this world and the manifestation is evident from early stages.
Bible talks about Joseph, one of the children of Jacob, also known as Israel, who started exhibiting his talents from childhood through dreams he was having. His dreams were so clear and distinct that he attracted hatred from his brothers. In his innocence, he made himself vulnerable but God guided him through to his peak. “And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated him yet the more.” Genesis 37: 5.
His ability to dream frequently might have drawn his attention to his talent- ability to interpret dreams- something that opened the doors to greatness to him later in life. He interpreted Pharaoh’s strange dream in Egypt, leading to the salvation or preservation of humankind. Genesis 41.
So talents do not only open the doors to greatness but also help save the lives of others who are made to depend on us. If Joseph had failed to interpret those dreams, the world would have been swallowed up by the seven years of famine that Egypt witnessed.
To identify your talents, you need to check out your life to identify the things you do with much ease as compared to others. The reason you sing, talk, write or do many things easier than others could just be that God has destined you to use those special abilities unto greatness and to help others. Whatever you find easy to do can be a lead to knowing your talent and eventually your assignment.
Little Samuel could hear the voice of God when He was very young. It was a key indicator of who he was going to be- a prophet. When Eli realized that, he helped him develop that talent or gift and the result was the making of one of the greatest prophets ever.
Jesus was spotted in the temple discussing the Word of God with the scribes and teachers at a tender age of 12, when he was sent to Jerusalem for the annual feast. The scribes and teachers were amazed at His understanding of the Scriptures. Luke 2: 46-47.
Talents manifest at early stages of our lives and need to be polished to grow and feed into one’s assignment on earth.
Another means of identifying talents or gifts is to know the things one loves doing most with much joy and passion. There is a connection between what you love doing most and your assignment. God’s assignment is to give us fulfillment and inner peace. It isn’t necessarily about making us rich or popular though He raises us and opens great doors unto us.
One sad thing happening to the world is our failure to nurture young talents into greatness. Joseph was very fortunate to have destiny working out for him. In many cases, potential talents are hated and suppressed into extinction. Some leaders suppress talents they consider as threat, like Saul saw David. He chased after David till he died.
Some parents fail their children, especially when they perceive them to be academically dull. Instead of encouraging them by identifying and nurturing their unique talents, they feel disappointed in them and heap insults on them. Every child, whether dull or sharp, with high or low grades in school, has great talents that, if nurtured, can bring out the greatness in them. Don’t forget that everything on this earth has a purpose. If everything has a purpose, how much more human beings.
If you haven’t identified your talents yet, take time to do so for it holds the key to your success on earth. The great danger is that, those who fail to make use of their talents, risk losing eternal life. “And cast ye the unprofitable servant into utter darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth” Matthew 25:30.
Your talents are key to your assignment and the way you use them would determine whether you would make it or not into the Kingdom of Heaven.
Author: Theodore Mawuli K. Viwotor, Pastor of The Word In Action Church, Ghana Branch.
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