Posted by: rena | July 1, 2008

Talents and Gifts

I once thought that if I was gifted I could achieve great things. That’s not entirely true. Gifts from God enable me to minister, but, using and increasing the talents he bestows are what propels me to higher and greater things.


What’s the difference?


Some use the words talents and gifts interchangeably, but they could be compared to the old adage of giving a man a fish, or teaching him how to fish. You don’t have to do anything to receive a gift, it’s free, but you must work to increase a talent. If you give this proverbial man a fish every week he will have a gift for the rest of his life. Teach him how to fish, and he can use the talent to enhance ways to do it, and in time, to build an empire.


In Hebrew a talent was a literal form of currency, the highest mode of exchange, equaling tens of thousands of dollars if counted in gold. It could be given as a gift, but the purpose of a talent was to trade, to barter, to increase, to gain, and to reproduce. There is a parable of a very rich man giving talents to his servants (typing the heavenly Father creating man with talents). Two out of three of the servants worked with what they had and increased the initial amount.


The third servant, indisputably knowing his master’s will, decided to do nothing, he didn’t work, didn’t study, didn’t use what he had to improve himself, or the master, in any way. The rich man, not to have the talent lay around unproductive, took it and gave it to the servant willing to work to increase his master’s estate.


Which begs the question: what are you doing for God? You are God’s talent, something that is to be traded in the marketplace to become all things to all men, serving them in order to increase the Kingdom. The talent invested in you will determine the impact of your gifts to those around you.


It’s true, you do have at least one gift. Gifts should be given away, that’s what a “gift” is, and God does not want us to give him back the gifts he gave to us, he wants the increase, which is the product of the talent we used. He desires it just as the rich man in the parable.


They are to be used for the benefit (edification or reproof) of others. When we give to others, God will replenish us by having others give back. Luke 6:32 says; Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. This means what we give shall be returned to us again, and that with increase!


Even God’s word does not sit around and go back the same (Is. 55:11), it is active, it accomplishes and it prospers. Something is always added on to it. The rain comes down and waters the earth, and the earth brings forth its increase. There must be productivity from labor. That’s how God engineered creation.


Likewise the children of God, for we are also his creation. The Father’s will is for us to be productive in the Kingdom, let us therefore increase our talents and not have any taken away.

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  1. Thanks for this challenge, Andi.

  2. Your blog is interesting. It was nice going through your blog. Keep it up the good work.

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