Matthew 13:12-17 - For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. And in them the prophecy of Isaiah is fulfilled, which says:
‘Hearing you will hear and shall not understand,
And seeing you will see and not perceive;
For the hearts of this people have grown dull.
Their ears are hard of hearing,
And their eyes they have closed,
Lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears,
Lest they should understand with their hearts and turn,
So that I should heal them.’
But blessed are your eyes for they see, and your ears for they hear; for assuredly, I say to you that many prophets and righteous men desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.
Matthew 25:14-29 - “For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money. After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them.
“So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’
“Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’
“But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents. ‘For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
Remember, there are a lot of parables in the Bible and this one is no different. Think of the word talents (a currency utilized at that time) and correspond that with skills or talents (God given abilities). If you are burying your God given abilities, meaning not utilizing them and not utilizing them specifically to further His Kingdom, then the implications are - that they may just be taken away.
But what do you do with this?? I know some skills or talents that I have, but it sometimes seems like I’m stuck or I don’t know what God is asking me to do. What is His purpose for me? What’s next? How do you start doing what God has planned for you?
By a show of hands, who knows what God wants to do in your life? Really think about this question.
To know what he wants you to do, you have to first hear what he wants you to do. And to hear it, you have to first be broken.
What?!? Broken? Areas of our lives have to be broken, so that you can be molded into what God wants of you. It’s only at that point, that you start hearing what He wants you to do in that area.
Romans 8:28-29 - And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son,
Isaiah 64:8 - But now, O Lord,
You are our Father;
We are the clay, and You our potter;
And all we are the work of Your hand.
Some people see being broken as someone being weak. And that is 100% true.
Romans 8:26 - Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered.
Is there an area of your life where you feel God broke you, to get you past or through a hurdle to something more Christ-like?
One you start hearing, then you move to understanding and/or discernment. This isn’t just being fed the bible, but digging deep into it; to learn what to do and what not to do – how to deal with situations and how to treat yourself and others. How are you going to understand, unless you move towards Him and His word?
You aren’t hearing Him right now. So pick up His word.
Proverbs 3:5-6 - Trust in the Lord with all your heart,
And lean not on your own understanding;
In all your ways acknowledge Him,
And He shall direct your paths.
The problem here for me was the hardening of my heart. There were areas of my life where I just did not want to get hurt again - or areas where I thought I had to just be strong and deal with it. You are probably saying, "Yeah, I get it, I’m listening", but now you need to get your brain and heart wrapped around it. That takes work.
Then there is doing. Pulling the trigger and doing something different can be hard. But sitting stagnant can be detrimental. In fact, in Matthew it does say, where the man was given a talent (another parable), and the guy just buried it – sat on it. It ended up being taken away, because even the little bit was not used.
It is our responsibility to use the gifts we have been given into ways to glorify Him.
Let’s say you’re nice… What can you do with nice? I could go off and list a dozen things, but that’s up to each of us to determine. BUT, the bible says “If anyone desires to come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow Me.”Luke 9:23 We are designed to serve our Father – we should be obedient.
If we do use our talents to further His Kingdom, he will give us more. He will grant us more responsibility, He will give us more to sow, He will reward us beyond anything that we could possibly think or imagine. So, the question is – what’s next??? What talents that He has given to you, and what does He want you to use to further His Kingdom?