Jesus told many parables in His teaching and one of them is recorded in Matthew 25 about a ‘Master’ who was making a journey out of the country, so he called up his servants and gave them ‘talents.’ Interestingly, not every servant was given the same number of talents: one got five talents, the other got two talents, and the third got only one talent. The servants who received five talents and two talents went out and multiply the talents, but the one who received one talent, hid it in the ground and yearned no profit as a result.
In light to this story, some viewpoints could be drawn from this parable. Firstly, God entrusted each individual with different talents and different amount of responsibilities for which they are accountable. Secondly, some people use up their talents for God’s glory as evidence of their accountability, but some do nothing. They hid their abilities deep below the surface. Thirdly, any talents or responsibilities that God entrusts to us should be used up to the utmost of our abilities, otherwise they will be taken away from us. In other words, if you don’t use it, you will lose it. Matthew 21:43 says, ‘Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a nation bearing the fruits of it.’
Ellen White wrote, “It is a universal principle that whenever one refuses to use his God-given powers, these powers decay and perish. Truth that is not lived, that is not imparted, loses its life-giving power, its healing virtue.” The Acts of the Apostles, p. 207. This is a very strong rebuke to those who don’t use their talents accordingly.
When I ponder upon Peter’s writing in 1 Peter 4:10, “As each one has received a gift, minister it to one another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God,” I am reminded and committed to use to the full the abilities which I possess from God for God’s cause and for His glory. What about you?