Talents Are Meant to Be Used

Lou Lotz

READ : Matthew 25:14-30

For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them. (v. 14)

Some parables are hard to understand. This isn’t one of them. God gives to us certain talents, with the expectation that those talents be used on his behalf. There are different talents – music, athletics, cooking, carpentry, business acumen – but we’ve all got talents. What are yours?

The thrust of the parable is that talents are not museum pieces; they are meant to be used. The one-talent servant is not a bad man. He is not dishonest. He is not immoral. He is not evil. His only crime is that he doesn’t use what the master gave to him.

How are you using, in the Master’s service, your talent of teaching? What use have you made of your talent of hospitality? Whereabouts in the kingdom of God are you using your talent of leadership? My friend Russ is a retired math teacher, and now he volunteers one day a week to help teach people mired in debt how to make a budget and live within it. Attaboy, Russ! Talents are meant to be spent, not saved. Live your life in such a way that when it comes time for the Master to settle accounts he will say of you, “Well done, good and faithful servant!”


Lord, help me to live each day so that one day I may hear your approval.