A Few Verses on Talents and Abilities

Published: 29 May 2007 | 6 comments

It’s amazing to me how each and everyone of us has some talent or ability that we are really good at and that can be used to the glory of God. I am reminded of the The Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-28) in which 3 servants were given 5 talents, 2 talents and 1 talent respectively. In those days talents were equivalent to money, however, nowadays when someone speaks of talents, we think of the A+ student in class, famous actors and athletes or even the so called gurus of web design/development.

As the parable states, the first two men used their talents and gained double what they had started out with. The third, however, buried it in the ground and thus his master was very displeased with him. He was called “wicked” and “lazy”. Sounds kind of harsh doesn’t it? But what can we learn from this story? We can learn that God has given us each different talents and abilities that he expects us to put to good use. We shouldn’t hide these talents and bury them in the sand as the third servant did but instead we should use our talents and abilities for the glory of God.

It’s also important to note that we are all in this together. Just as each part of our body contributes to the whole, so too does the talents and abilities of each of us contribute to the well-being of each other, the world as we know it and the kingdom of God.

Here are a few verses from the Bible on Talents and Abilities.

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive and inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving. Colossians 3:23-24

Since we are eager to have spiritual gifts, try to excel in gifts that build up the church. 1 Corinthians 14:12

We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully. Romans 12:6-8

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows. James 1:17

Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Romans 12:11

Lord, I thank you for the talents you have given each and everyone of us. Help us Lord, not to bury it in the ground as the third servant did, but instead let us follow the example of the first two servants and use our talents to bring glory and honour to your name and build up your kingdom. Help us to be humble and realise that we all need each other. Remind us that the talents we each have can be beneficial to others in some way. Lord, once again we thank you and we ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.



gravatar Nathan Smith — 29 May 2007

Good writeup Yannick. I often wonder what constitutes being classified as a talent and what is more of an ability. I guess it doesn’t really matter so much, as long as they’re being used for the right purposes.

gravatar Matt — 29 May 2007

Thanks for reminding each of us to use the talents and abilities God has gifted us with. I think it is also good that you included Colossians 3:23-24 which reminds each of us to work at everything we do with all our heart. I know that this one can be a hard one when we feel that our work is unrelated to the Church and/or fail to see its importance in everyday life.

As you said, we are all in this together and we should each do our part to spread God’s love and glorify Him.

gravatar Yannick (Author) — 30 May 2007

Nathan: hehe Yeah, that’s the way I look at it at least. As long as it’s for the glory of God, it’s all good.

Matt: That verse was certainly a good reminder for me also. I guess to a certain extent we can at times think man I wish I could do what that person can do, but we fail to realise that we have talents of our own and we can use it to glorify God and to help even those who we wish we had similar talents.

gravatar Mark Priestap — 12 June 2007

Thanks for that post Yannick. A good reminder that we are here as servants of the Lord, not servants of our own passions apart from God.

gravatar Yannick (Author) — 13 June 2007

You’re welcome Mark and that’s definitely true. Also thanks for stopping by. :)

gravatar Cherno B. Jallow — 13 July 2007

i really feel that each one of us have similar talents but differ in the way we apply them.Due to our diffenrent individuality we tend to apply our talents in the way that suit us most.

I just believe that right thought arose from right deeds which works with the talents we have to offer and share.

The way an african man uses his Talents will be Different from the way the Westeren world people uses their talents and it is because of their enviroment and mental belief which is pass on from generation to generation

I am cherno jallow , a 26year old young man in the Gambian


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