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We Determine the Level of Ability our Gifts Become

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We Determine the Level of Ability our Gifts Become

You’ve been given talents. We have a responsibility to be the best us we can be. God’s going to ask us what we did with the gifts he gave us. We need do our best with all that God gives us.

In the story of the 5-2-1 talents, the first two people worked really hard! They grew themselves, and then they doubled the gift that God had given to them. Our gifts and passions are from God, some day He will add up all that we did with the things He entrusted to us and reward us accordingly.

“The servant who had received five thousand coins came in and handed over the other five thousand. ‘You gave me five thousand coins, sir, look, here are another five thousand that I have earned.’”[1]

He wasn’t bragging as he stood before God. He was rejoicing! “I have earned another 5,000 for you! I worked hard with what You gave me.”

Our passion and ability are God-given gifts to us, but what we do with them is our gift to God. We have to develop our gifts.

In the story of the five talents Jesus told, one servant came to the erroneous conclusion that his gifts were not very important, so he decided to buried them. Perhaps he felt his gifts paled in comparison to the 5-2 talents of his friends. Perhaps he lacked the faith to believe that God would help him develop and grow his gifts.

But I think it was something else. In my opinion he believed like a lot of people that God’s work will go on just fine without their gifts. His gifts were obviously not as strong as others. Maybe he believed God’s work would be done anyway, so why bother. He reasoned, Somebody else will step up.

When he brought God’s gift and laid it before Him, he actually told the Lord that everything belonged to God anyway. God would do what God’s going to do to do, He always does. And then he owned up and actually admitted that he was afraid to even try.

“But the master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy servant! If you knew I harvested crops I didn’t plant and gathered crops I didn’t cultivate, why didn’t you deposit my money in the bank? At least I could have gotten some interest on it.’ Then he ordered, ‘Take the money from this servant, and give it to the one with the ten bags of silver. To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.”[2]

We determine the level of ability our gifts actually become. God won’t do for us what we have to do for ourselves!

Each of us have received spiritual gifts. Discover them. Develop them. And if we will do that, God will do something very powerful for us someday when we stand before Him.


[1] Matthew 25:20 GNT

[2] Matthew 25:26-28 NLT


About Ron Bontrager

Lead Pastor of Lakeview Church in Indianapolis.

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