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!” (Matthew 25:21)
Every one of us is given opportunities in this life to find God’s will and do God’s work. We are given opportunities to make a difference in the lives of other people, using the gifts and talents God has given us. In other words, we are given this life in order to be faithful to our Heavenly Father and the work He is calling us to do for His Kingdom. In Matthew 25, Jesus told a parable that illustrates the importance of faithfulness, and this is a parable we can all learn from in regard to how we should be faithful with our lives and our gifts.
When Jesus begins the parable, He explains that a man, before heading out on a journey, gave each of his servants part of his wealth according to their abilities. The Lord has done the same for each of us. We each possess a set of God-given gifts, talents, and abilities. Some people have more abilities and talents than others, but each ability is equally important because they are each from the Lord.
It is not how much you have that matters to God; it is what you do with what you have that matters to Him. Sure, we don’t all have equal abilities and talents, but we do all have equal opportunities to use them to honor God and bless others. What is inexcusable is not using your gifts and talents at all. But, if you choose to use your talents to further the kingdom and bring glory to your Heavenly Father, you will one day hear the amazing words, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
Dear Lord, thank you for giving me the talents and abilities you’ve blessed me with. I pray you would grant me opportunities to use these gifts for your glory and I wouldn’t waste the talents I’ve received from you. Amen.