As I’ve been working on my newest project (a music CD) I couldn’t help but think about the parable of the talents. We all know the story; one guy received 5 talents, another received 3 talents and another received only 1. The parable states that the one with only 1 talent hid his talent and told his Master, when confronted, that he hid it. His
reason excuse was ‘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 talent in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’*
Personally I do not believe that was the real reason why he hid the talent, it was just an excuse. I believe that he hid the talent because he looked at the guy with 5 talents and the other with 3 and felt like he didn’t have a chance. In other words instead of using what God had given to him he looked at the other guys and felt like his 1 talent wasn’t going to make a difference therefore there was no reason for him to use it.
It’s possible! We still think things like that to this day. We think we don’t sing, dance, photograph, write, dress or whatever like someone else so we neglect the talent or skill that we do have with the intention of making an excuse as to why instead of facing the fact that we feel like what we have is not enough.
But if we realize that God actually does exceedingly, abundantly, above all we can ask think or imagine then we will also realize that using what He has given us He can multiply it beyond measure. It’s funny how in the process of using one talent we “stumble” upon another talent or gifting that we never knew we had. Why? Because God is a multiplier. If you use what you have in your hand He can and will multiply it because He delights in the prosperity of His servants.
The end of the parable shows the Master upset with the servant because He did absolutely nothing with what He was given. Really if I was the Master I would have been upset too…the Master entrusted the servant with the talent and his lack of action landed him in a terrible place. So are we talented for no reason or talented for a reason that consists of ourselves, others & the One who created us, the Master?
*The parable can be found in Matthew 25:14-30