Last week, in Sowing Our Talents, Part 1, I told the story of how embarrassed I became when one of my coworkers commented on having heard me sing at work. We then went on to see what Jesus has to say about talents, and we learned that it doesn’t matter whether we have few or many of them, we are to invest them back into God’s work!
So does that really mean I need to sing all the time at work? Yikes!
There are many who will never get up and sing in front of people. Some of these truly have no talent for singing. Should they bury their talent because they don’t have as pretty a voice as another?
Not according to Jesus! According to Him, that person needs to be out there singing for the joy of God!
There are, of course, others, who have very pretty voices, but who are still afraid of what others will think. Therefore they bury their larger talent. Although this particular scenario isn’t mentioned in Jesus’ parable, we can surmise that if the “lord of the servants” was angry at the untalented servant for not using what he had, how angry would he have been if someone with five talents had buried his talents?
What class of talented folks do you fall into, friends? And before you say, “in the ‘no talent’ class, the one you didn’t mention,” remember that Jesus’ parable didn’t address a “no talent” scenario. We are all talented in our own way. Some of us have the gift of singing. Others of writing. Others of making people feel comfortable or making them laugh. Others have the talent of selling or cooking or building. No one is completely without talents. The question is, then, what will we do with the few or many talents God has given to us?
If you are in the class of those who hide their talents, try to consider the reasons for hiding them. Is it because you are afraid you don’t write/sing/cook/build/visit as well as someone else?
Although it’s true that we can always find someone more talented than we are, let’s consider this: God gave you that particular talent for a reason. God knew that perhaps there was someone who wouldn’t be touched by the writing or music or laughter of the very talented, but that particular person would be touched by your talents, in a way that no one else could ever touch them. When we bury our talents, we are keeping God from being able to bless certain people in a way that He knows they need to be blessed.
Last Christmas Eve, we had a Candlelight service at our church. There were a number of solos, one was even done acapella, without mistake, and it was absolutely beautiful. Another was done by a group of 3 young girls. The girls had trouble finding and keeping their melody, let alone their harmonies, but they put their heart and souls into their song. From a musical standpoint, the one soloist was far more talented, and her music did, indeed, touch hearts, but she didn’t get the standing ovation. That was saved for the young girls. Why? Because they weren’t afraid to take their little bit of talent and sow it back into the kingdom of God, and as a result, hearts were inspired for the Lord.
Friends, it doesn’t matter whether we have many talents or few, God wants us to sow them back into His kingdom.
– If you are impressed to write, then write. There are many places in our day and age where we can publish things on the internet, and we never know when that very thing we’ve written is just exactly what someone needs to hear.
– If you are impressed to sing, sing! Join the choir. If there isn’t a choir, then sing as you go about your work. You will never know when someone is listening and will be blessed.
– If you can cook, then take food to needy people, donate your time to the local soup kitchen.
– If you have the gift of making people feel comfortable, why not try visitations?
The list could go on, but the point is, let’s not bury our talents! It doesn’t matter how many or how few we have, let’s take them and sow them back into God’s kingdom, for when we do, we will know that when the Lord returns, He will say: “Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.” (Matt 25:22,23)
What have I done with this lesson? I joined the worship choir at our church. I figure that if there was one person blessed by my “not-so-perfect” singing voice, then perhaps that “not-so-perfect” voice would be a blessing in a choir. Oh, and maybe, just maybe, I’ll stop being so shy about singing at work, too. After all, when I sing at work, it is because the joy of the Lord is bubbling up in my heart, and since the Joy of the Lord is my strength, why should I hide it?
In His love,
Lyn Chaffart, Speech-Language Pathologist, mother of two, Author — “Aboard God’s Train — A Journey With God Through the Valley of Cancer”, Author and Moderator for The Nugget, a tri-weekly internet newsletter, and Scriptural Nuggets, a website devoted to Christian devotionals and inspirational poems, with Answers2Prayer Ministries. Follow Lyn on Twitter @lynchaffart.
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