You don't have to be a Five Talent Man "For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability" (Matt. 25:14-15). The talents spoken of in the preceding verses are referring to money and an attribute that one might have. Even still it is applicable as to what we do in the kingdom of God. When the man gave out the talents scripture clearly tells us that he gave to each "according to his several ability." Our Heavenly Father did no less for us. Each person is not capable of doing everything that the church needs done. Not everyone can preach or teach a Sunday Bible class. Everyone cannot be an elder or deacon or lead singing during the worship time. But, everyone can do something. You don't have to be a "five talent man" to be acceptable to God. God expects each of us to use our talent(s) to the very best of our ability. No matter what you can do in the kingdom, our Father expects you to "do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men" (Col. 3:23). If you are an accomplished speaker then "speak as the oracles of God." If you have the gift of ministering then "do it as of the ability which God giveth." The apostle Peter even tells us the reason for doing these things in these ways: "that God in all things may be glorified through Jesus Christ, to whom be praise and dominion for ever and ever. Amen" (1 Peter 4:11). Paul writes a similar exhortation to the Roman brethren. The context of the passage is the church and how it is made up of many different members. As our physical bodies have many differing parts each with their own purpose and use so also is the church constructed with many different types of people. The conclusion then is that we have "gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us" (Romans 12:6). Just like the "man travelling to a far country" our God has given to us talents to be put to use. If we use our talents wisely, then no doubt our Lord will say to us "Well done, good and faithful servant" (Matt. 25:23). Never doubt that our God wants us to succeed in every good work. Paul had this encouragement to say to the Thessalonians which would also apply to us today: "And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you: To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints" (1 Thess. 3:12). Remember that the one talent man would have been commended had he at least put his talent in the bank. You don't have to be a five talent man to serve God acceptably. In Christ, Steve Preston Sign up for BibleTalk, short messages from God's word by email: bibletalk-join@... or on the web at: freegroups.net/groups/bibletalk.