Don’t Bury Your Talent

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Matthew 25: 14-30

“For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servantsand entrusted to them his property. 15 To one he gave five talents,to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16 He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. 17 So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. 18 But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. 19 Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, and ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.’ 21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.[c] You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 22 And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here I have made two talents more.’ 23 His master said to him, ‘Well-done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 24 He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours” (http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew%2025:14-30&version=ESV)

I want to encourage you today to use what you have. I don’t want to see anyone bury his or her talents. You have a purpose and something unique that you can bring to the table. No matter what your gifting or ability is there will always be obstacles that you will have to overcome and face.

What inspired me to talk about this topic was a phone call I received from a great friend that I hadn’t spoken with in years. About 10 years ago I met this awesome dynamic world-changer we will call her M. She had a passion to lead worship, and was going to a certain Christian University that had some killer talent in the worship department. She felt she didn’t measure up! In our conversation she reminded me of something I said to her 10 years ago. I said, “So what are going to do M bury your one talent, or are you going to use what you have?” She said those words stuck with her and she used what she had. I can say she has now led worship for some large dynamic churches and her one talent has grown and been cultivated.

I really don’t want to see anyone bury what he or she has. So here are three things to help as you walk out the plan and use what you have.

1) There will always be someone better!

Get over it now! If you wait to be perfect or the “best” to do anything you will always be waiting. When M said my own words back to me it convicted me. I started thinking of areas I was burying because I didn’t think I was as good as someone else. Seriously, nothing new would ever be started if we get caught up in the comparing game. Use your one to bless someone today! Don’t bury it. Your one talent can change someone’s world today.

2) You will be rejected

Anytime you step out there will always be someone to tell you what you can’t do, and what isn’t possible. I wish I could tell you everyone will love you and clap for you, but the reality is some people won’t like you. Deal with your insecurity now. If you don’t have an understanding of who you are In Christ discover it now. Deal with it because there are people who need what you have. Don’t bury your talent because you fear rejection understand some will reject you but others are waiting for what you can do.

3) You will want to quit.

Anyone who has as ever done anything will tell you they have wanted to quit. I’m not talking about quitting your job, career or a position somewhere; those are irrelevant and can change with different seasons. What I am talking about is quitting your dream, and burying your talent. There will be days you will want to quit, especially when you don’t see the results as fast as you would like to see them. Just don’t do it! Just because the thought of quitting enters your mind does not mean you failed. Just don’t quit. Quitting doesn’t only affect you; it affects the people around you. People you meet in the future will be encouraged to go on, and not bury their talent, because you went on.

I just wanted to encourage you today to use what you have whether it’s 10, 5 or 1 talent! Just don’t bury it! Use it! If you are using it I want to encourage you to keep on. You are making a difference, and someone’s life is being impacted today because you didn’t bury it.

– Tara

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