This morning while studying my Bible something stuck out at me and actually stopped me in my reading and I had to just think for a while and then I grabbed a pen and my very, very under-used journal and started writing. So, if it was significant enough that I used a paper and stopped reading then of course its blog-worthy. I was reading in Matthew 25:14-30. I will provide the text so that you don't have to find your Bible and look it up but I hope you ponder it like I did.
The text is from Bible Gateway.com in the NKJV:
14 “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. 16 Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. 17 And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. 18 But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money. 19 After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 “So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’ 21 His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ 22 He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’ 23 His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ 24 “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.’ 26 “But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. 27 So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents. 29 ‘For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
For clarification purposes, this passage is not exactly to us if you are a born-again believer in Jesus Christ. This passage is to answer the question "What will be the sign of thy coming?" in the previous passage. This relates to the people that will be in the world when Christ returns to establish his Kingdom. But it we can still learn something from this.
Now, what jumped out at me is that I know talents are money here, but what has God given you? What is your ministry? It may be a one-talent ministry or a ten talent ministry. What are you doing with it? Are you burying it or multiplying it by working hard in it? This is where my thought went. I consider my children and husband my main ministry. (I should tell my husband this and start the preaching, Just kidding, of course, because he would then get strong tape and tape my mouth shut!) But, am I working at it like a ministry or just passing through it and making it day by day? Or even wishing I had someone elses ministry all together. Since my I consider my children and my husband my ministry then I need to work like it's a ministry intentionally and pray about the smallest things. What else do I have as actual talents and am I using them for God? I consider talents something that of course you are talented in but also enjoy doing. I am hesitant to share because I don't want to boast. I am definately not the best in these areas but I think that I am talented enough to use them. First off I have recently been blessed with a talent in decorating cakes. So, do I use this for God? I also am talented in playing piano. Do I use this for God? (Actually I don't use it at all because I hardly ever play!) At one time I used this to serve but not at this time. The only other area I am talented in is working with kids/teaching. I really enjoy this although it's different having your own kids because of the fact it's 24/7. I do believe I am using this and in the future I know I will do even more.
Anyways that's my thoughts on this and I hope that you got something from it. I know its something that you've probably heard many times but it really stopped me in my tracks this morning. Just think about your talents and what your ministry is. No matter how small it is what God has given you so work in it. Then think about your talents and how you can use them for God.