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Minister's Minute: Are you using your talent in the community?

What are you going to do with what you’ve got?
Simbarashe Emmanuel Basvi/St. David’s Anglican Church

According to Matthew 25: 14-30, a man was going on a journey and called his servants and entrusted to them his property. So, we see this man pull together three servants, and entrust his wealth to them.

To one servant, the master gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability.

The Greek word used for ability is the word “dunamis.” What word does that sound like?

Dynamite! One of the definitions for dunamis is explosive power. The word dunamis is translated in several different ways: talents, abilities, explosive potential. It’s like the Master here was looking at the servants for their potential, their latent explosive ability to do something with what he entrusted them with. God looks at every person not just at who they are today, but for the potential He created in them to have. God has bestowed upon us talents according to our ability.

Notice the knowledge that this master had of his servants: he gave them property according to their abilities. He did not expect each servant to be able to do the same thing — he knew they were different and that they had different strengths and weaknesses. Do you not believe that God knows your strengths and weaknesses, too? Don’t you believe that God only expects you to do what you are capable of doing?

God has given you some extraordinary gifts and abilities. God has blessed you with an abundance of assets and resources. God has given you the freedom to use them any way you see fit to the glory of his name. And, if that weren’t enough, God has promised to be with you and watch over you – win, lose, or draw. The happiest people in the world today are those who are on the front lines using their talents to the max. What are you going to do with what you’ve got?