What does the “Parable of the Talents” teach us about Stewardship?

Do not misjudge yourself; rather, seek Him and let your confidence be in whom you are in Him, not in how others respond to you! Allow yourself to be used! It is each Believer’s responsibility to find, develop, and exercise the talents and gifts given to him or her (1 Peter 4:10; 1 Corinthians 12:7,11). How we are to behave and interact with one another is governed by the Spirit working through each of us with these gifts (see our Spiritual Gifts Channel). We must acknowledge our role in the Body; there are no lone wolves in Christ! We have a duty to fulfill, and a role to play. When we refuse to find and use our gifts, we not only hurt ourselves, but each other and our Lord! The Spirit empowers us beyond just the “natural talent” (1 Corinthians 2:14-15; Galatians 1:15-16;1 Peter: 5). At His second coming, Jesus will be looking for those who are prepared and faithful. Are you prepared and faithful, using what He has given to His glory in a faithful way? Yes we will fail; we will forget; we will miss opportunities. The important thing is to not let fear captivate you; rather, do your best in striving to use what He gives. Because, not doing anything is what is wicked; failing is not wicked!  

Do not allow yourself to become prideful, lazy, or conceited in your outlook toward others. This thinking is straight from another source other than the Bible and God’s call (Matthew 28)! Satan does not want you to discover your gifts; he wants you to ignore your responsibility and nurture of one another! 

The question we need to be asking today is, how do you think God feels when we do not put to use what He gives us? What does it mean to you that our God trusts you with His most valuable goods and people? What have you done? What will you do? Do you really believe that real wealth in life is not in money, but rather in relationships and obedience? If not, why? If so, why? What happens when we allow our fear to take us over?  How can you take comfort that God only gives us the opportunities to match the abilities He has given us? How would this help you eradicate your fear? What do you need to do to allow Christ to let your confidence be who you are in Him, and not in how others respond to you? How would this help you learn and be confident in witnessing? What do you believe God has given you? What have you done with it? Where do you invest what He gives you? How do you make it count for His glory?         

The answer to these questions will put you on the right track to the percepts Jesus is communicating!


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