306. Fear Not: Use Your Talents

61bf717181e0ea092f31fd7cf67cd8e1 “For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them.  (15)  And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey.

Matthew 25:24-25 NKJV  “Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed.  (25)  And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’

Did you ever notice that in this parable the master of the house didn’t give any specific instruction to the servants to grow or multiply the talents given them?  It says the master gave each of them talents according to each of their abilities and then left.  There was no verbal command or expectation for them to do anything with what was given them.  But the master certainly had an expectation for them to do something with what was given them.  If he just wanted the talents to sit, it wouldn’t be necessary for him to put it in the hands of anyone else.  He could have just put it in a box and slid it under his bed or buried it in the ground himself.

The master gave the talents (money) to his servants with the expectation that they would do something with what they had been given.  This is why he was upset with the 3rd servant that did nothing.  These three servants all had something in common.  Even though they had different abilities/skills, they each were given an asset and an opportunity.  They had something they could use and an opportunity to use it.

Two of the servants didn’t need a specific command or word from their lord to do something with what they had been given to steward.  They jumped at the opportunity did something and their master was pleased.  The third did nothing. Even though he may not have had the same skills, he still had something he could use and an opportunity to use it.  His excuse for doing nothing after hearing the reports of the other two servants was that he was afraid.

Fear will keep you from taking advantage of the gifts and talents the Lord has given you and the opportunities all around you each day.  As we will see next week, this man had a fear, but it wasn’t the fear he said he had in verse 24 that held him back.  Still a type of fear did keep him from using the resources and opportunities given him.

What are the skills, giftings, and resources you have to use?  What, where, and who are some of your opportunities?  Are you allowing fear to keep you from using your assets and taking advantage of the opportunities you are given?  Be a good and faithful servant.  Fear not and use your talents every opportunity you get.

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