“For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money. After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them.
“So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, ‘Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, ‘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.’
“Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’
“But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. So take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents.
‘For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’"--Matthew 25:14-30
Each and every one of us is a unique creation of God. He has given talents and abilities to all of us. Once we accept Christ as our Lord and Savior and become children of God, then we also have spiritual gifts added to the mix.
What God gives to us is no accident. 1 Corinthians 12 tells us that, just as each part of our bodies has a specific function, so we all have a specific role to play in advancing the kingdom of God and in spreading His gospel. Our responsbility is to find out our role, accept it, and use the talents, gifts, and abilities God has given us in order to carry out that purpose.
I write because I've always had a desire to be creative, to be a storyteller. That has taken different forms through the years. If you had asked me as a child what I wanted to be when I grew up, I would havesaid either a comic book artist or a movie director--both of which fit under a broad umbrella of storytelling. Writing prose fiction didn't come along till later. Now that I'm doing that, I have made a commitment to glorify God with this ability and to acknowledge Him in my work. I believe this is why He has given me these opportunities in the first place.
Whatever your talents and abilities are, make the most of them and use them for the glory of God. He has a plan for you that only you can fulfill, and the abilities He has given you are His way of equipping you for that purpose. And remember, Philippians 4:13.--SMS