To one he gave five talents, to another, two, and to another, one, each according to his own ability; and he went on his journey. – Matthew 25:15
In the parable of the talents, we find a master who gave each of his slaves responsibility for a portion of his resources while he was gone on a trip. As the story goes, the master distributed his wealth according to the “ability” of each slave. While the master was away, two of the slaves doubled his master’s resources. The slave who received the least, performed the worst.
Why? We are not given much insight into the mind of this “underperforming” servant, but perhaps he viewed himself as inferior to the others. Rather than attempt and fail, he just made no attempt at all. The possibility of success was drowned out by the fear of failure.
We, as God’s unique creations, are all specific designs. As His spiritual re-creations, Christ followers are also uniquely gifted. We have all been given various responsibilities that require us to apply those gifts in ways that benefit God’s kingdom on earth. Before the Almighty Master, it is never a matter of “how much,” but “how faithful.” With the Lord, the attempt is as important as the outcome. This is our moment in time to take what we have received and multiply it for Jesus. Don’t bury it.
View yourself as a precious vessel He crafted for a unique purpose. – Patricia Ennis