What Are You Doing With What God Gave You?

“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 25:23


You are one of God’s greatest investments! YES! YOU! When you meet Him after you die, or Christ returns, He will be expecting a return on His investment. He’s not looking for you to do anything you can’t do, but He is expecting you to do what you can do for Him. Here is a parable that Jesus told His disciples about why we should be getting to work for God–not to earn anything–but because we love Him.

Getting to work for God is very important! Using what He’s given each of us in the form of gifts and talents is not contingent on receiving our salvation, but it is contingent on stocking the halls of heaven with souls and making lives better here on earth! That’s what we live for!

And, just like a loving husband does certain things for his wife, in order to make her proud, so do we, as Christians, do certain things to make God proud. No, these actions don’t earn us status with Him, but instead, simply shows Him that we care.

In the following parable, this version of the Bible calls what God has given you to invest, “bags of gold,” but other versions call what God has given us, “talents.” This is where we get the expression “use your talents for God.” As you can see here, He has given all of us a different amount! Using the talents He’s given us, is what’s most important to Him. Check this out:

“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. Then he went on his journey.

The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.

After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’

His master replied, ‘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!’

The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’

His master replied, ‘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!’

Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’

His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest. So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’” (Matthew ‭25:14-30‬)

Friend, I know the end of this parable sounds really harsh, and this does not apply to Christians losing their salvation because they’ve not done enough–but Jesus is trying to get the point across that God has placed you here for a reason: TO SPREAD THE GOSPEL! He’s given you gifts, talents, resources, and time! He wants you to use what you’ve got to multiply the population of heaven, and to show people how to live an abundant life in Christ!

SO BEGIN TODAY! JUST SAY, “GOD, USE ME!” AND HE WILL! Don’t hide your talents any longer! USE THEM FOR GOD! This is why you live!

-Matt

A prayer for you: Well good morning God! Thanks for a great night’s sleep, and thanks for waking me up again today. You are a good God! I also want to thank you for pestering the heck out of me, and getting me to finally use my own talent of writing and communication, for you. For years, I used both AGAINST YOU, and I realize that. Thanks for not giving up on me! Right now, I lift up all who are reading this, directly to you. For those who are thinking, “What is my talent?” reveal it to them! Show them exactly what it is. They probably already know, but make it clear! Also, show them that they are allowed to try out anything they want, and if it’s part of their purpose, you will make it successful! Help them to set goals, and to keep moving forward! Help them to hone their talent into something beautiful, and spiritually fruitful! And keep the devil away from them when he says, “There’s nothing special about you.” I rebuke that liar from their hearts! YOU’VE SAID that you’ve given ALL of us different levels of talents, so we know it’s true! In Christ’s name I pray, amen.

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