Using Your Talents

  • Luke 19:13, 15-17 So he called ten of his servants and gave them ten minas. ‘Put this money to work,’ he said, ‘until I come back.’…Then he sent for the servants to whom he had given the money, in order to find out what they had gained with it. “The first one came and said, ‘Sir, your mina has earned ten more.’ ‘Well done, my good servant!’ his master replied. ‘Because you have been trustworthy in a very small matter, take charge of ten cities.’…
  • Matthew 25:14-15 Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability.
  • 1 Peter 4:10-11 Each you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms. If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they should do so with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.

God has entrusted each and every one of us with talents to serve others. We are responsible to use those talents as He directs. We are all part of the Body of Christ and when one is not performing its function, the others have to compensate for it. The Body doesn’t work as well as it should. You need to assess what you are called to do as part of the Body. Are you serving where God wants you to serve, in the capacity He wants you to serve? Review the parables of the minas and of the talents/bags of gold. If you put to use the talents God has entrusted to you, you’ll hear: “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!” (Matthew 25:21). Choose to serve Him and put your talents to work.

How to use your talents to serve others:
  1. You need to know what God has called you to do and where He’s calling you to do it, to use your talents to serve the Body. If you know, hopefully you are obedient and serving as He directed. If you don’t know, you need to spend time with Him and ask Him. You can’t quit until you get an answer as your future depends on it and the proper functioning of the Body as well. God doesn’t miss it. He says you can hear His voice so you can (John 10:4, 27). Spend more time in the Word, prayer, praise and worship daily and develop your spiritual ear. When you do hear Him, obey what He tells you to do.
  2. When an opportunity presents itself for you to serve or help, ask the Lord if it’s where He wants you at this particular time. If you’re not serving anywhere in your local church and don’t hear from God as you should, engage and volunteer and ask God to lead your next step. Be an active part of the Body.
  3. If an opportunity presents itself and you sense His leading to accept, use your talents to bless. Be willing to serve.

Call to action:
Make sure you are serving where God needs you and not where you want to. If you’re not sure if you are, ask Him.

(See topics His Plans for Your Life and You Know His Voice.)