Question:

What are the talents in a Christian's life today? How can we multiply them to be good and faithful servants of our Lord Jesus? If we are limited to a good degree by our health, how can we be careful to not become like the servant who had one talent and didn't use it? Could you please help me understand about talents for Christians today so I can be aware of more ways to serve?

Thank you.

Answer:

See Reading Matthew 25 as a Unit.

Jesus stated, “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” (Matthew 25:29). It is a statement that has been given several times (Matthew 13:12; Mark 4:25; Luke 8:18; 19:26). When people use what they have, they will gain; but the one who doesn’t use even the little he has will lose everything. You see this in the world. Rich people tend to get richer, but poor people lose what they have (Proverbs 10:15). The point is not that the world is unfair but that there is a reason some people are wealthy and some people are poor and those reasons tend to extend the differences. We have all heard of people who have won or inherited great wealth but in a few years are right back to poverty. Jesus’s point isn’t about physical wealth, but spiritual wealth. The same differences occur (Hebrews 5:12-14).

God gives each of us different abilities, some more than others. The importance is not who received the most ability; instead, notice that the man with two talents received as much praise as the man with five talents. The point is how well we make use of the abilities that we have to be productive for the Lord. There are some who are so fearful of God’s wrath that they figure if they just deliver themselves to the Lord at the end that will be enough. However, Jesus has constantly warned that we must be productive people (John 15:1-8; Luke 13:6-9; Matthew 21:19).

You are focusing on your limitations. Focus instead on using what you do have to the best of your ability to serve God and your fellow men.

Response:

Thank you so much for taking the time to answer my question. I looked up the scriptures you cited and prayed that I use what I have to serve God and others.
I just finished reading about reading Matt 25 as a Unit. That helped me see that it should be with our whole heart that we serve God and others, whatever our circumstances, we need to persevere, be productive, out of compassion and love. Thank you so much. I was looking at my circumstances from the wrong perspective, I am blessed to do for others with what I have.
Thank you again for your service to God and others, I truly appreciate your loving assistance.
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