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God calls His people to be ready and to use the gifts entrusted to them.  The type and number of gifts vary, but, God’s expectation is that no matter the gift, each be used effectively.  In the parable of the bags of gold, each servant’s gift were different; one was given 5 bags of gold, one was given 2 bags and one was given 1 bag.  The first two servants took the gifts they were given and put them to use; doubling their value.  The third servant simply hid his gift–returning it unused.

In the parable, the master rewarded the two servants that used their gifts, accordingly. He was equally pleased with the first two servants, not because of the amount of gifts they started with, but, because they took what they had and made the most of it.  The master was exceedingly angry with the third servant–not because he expected a great return, but because the servant failed to even try to use what he had been given–as such, that gift was taken away.  It was an issue of trust, of desire and of the attitude the servant had about his master.

In our lives, God makes us unique. Each is given a different set of gifts and talents. Some are multi-talented superstars; while others are simply great at one thing. In God’s eyes both are equally valuable.  Where the distinction comes, in God’s eyes, is in what we do with what he has given us.  His desire is that we use what ever talent we are given to further the kingdom. It does not have to be a showy gift like preaching, leadership or teaching, it may simply be the gift of prayer, service or giving. In His eyes, it is simply that we use the gift to further His kingdom.  Failure to do so, will be a great disappointment to God and a waste of a great life.

God calls us all to minister.  What that ministry is, varies–all are needed. The only wrong answer is to take the gifts that you have been given–and simply set them to the side because of fear or the failure to see one’s gift as valuable.  D. L. Moody was a shoe salesman that simply had a heart for the poor kids in his Chicago neighborhood.  He loved them and taught them about God and his word.  His ministry to those poor kids turned into an international ministry and college.  He was not given a huge number of gifts and talents; but, he used what he was given to change the world. Go and do the same!

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“Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. 15 To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag,[a] each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. 16 The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. 17 So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. 18 But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.

19 “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. 20 The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’

21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.Come and share your master’s happiness!’

22 “The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’

23 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.Come and share your master’s happiness!’

24 “Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’

26 “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? 27 Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.

28 “‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. 29 For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 30 And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’