God gives us things for a reason. Everything wr have in life – from material possessions like houses, cars, cell phones, movies, electronics, video games, to friends and family and even gifts and talents – all come from God. We are only given these things because of His love and graciousness to us. But what we do with these gifts and responsibilities from God is our choice.
In Matthew chapter 25, Jesus tells a parable about a master of a house who gave talents to each of his servants. To the first, he gave five talents; to the second, he gave two talents; and to the last, he gave one. The first two went out and doubled their talents so that the first had ten and the second had four. But the last buried it.
What are you doing with what God gives you? Are you burying your talents, not using some of them. Maybe you don’t feel you have any talents or just don’t know how to use them.
God watches us all the time. If you have a gift of music, for example, and you can’t use it in a local church or aren’t comfortable putting videos on social media like YouTube, then at the very least, you can still be playing or singing for God privately. He loves you and gave you this passion and talent for a reason. He longs to see us use them and when we do, He is overjoyed! Even if it’s in the privacy of your own home, you are still using your gift in a way God can see and that, my friend, pleases Him. And pleasing God is one of the reasons we are alive.
The second reason is to further His kingdom by spreading the Gospel. We aren’t all evangelists but we have all been called for that same purpose. Use your talent to bring people closer to God and that pleases Him. Regardless of whether you think it will work or whether you think your gift works as a way to bring the Gospel to people or even whether you believe you’re worthy, use it.
Do not bury your talent in the ground. Use it and God will multiply it and bless you for it. In the parable that Jesus told, the master of the house promoted his first two servants for doubling the talents they were given. They were blessed and placed in charge of more areas of his house. The last was punished and thrown out.
Don’t listen to Satan’s lies and excuses anymore. Don’t bury your talents and the gifts, blessings, responsibilities, and calling upon your life a moment longer. Use them for God!