[bibletalk] You don't have to be a Five Talent Man

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From: "Steve Preston" <prstn496@...>
Date: Sat, 21 Feb 2009 07:36:08 -0500
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

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