Don’t Stay There

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Matthew 25:20 “And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.”

The parable of the talents shows us three different people with three different talent levels. What is interesting is that God was not concerned with the level of talents that each had, but with what each level did with their talents. The two men with the five and two talents each took their talents and doubled what they had, but the man with one talent was satisfied with what he had and lost his talent.

A critical lesson is taught in this parable about the importance of building on what God has given you. When I compare myself now to what I was as a young man, I can see how God has given me so much more because I used what I had when I was younger. No, I was not as talented as others, but I worked harder than others, and God has taken my hard work and turned it into more. The greatest reason God has given me more is because I was not satisfied with staying where I was, but I have always wanted God to do more through me. It is the desire not to stay where you are but to use what you have that causes God to bless what you have. Let me point out several keys to developing your talent.

First, everyone does have a different talent level. Just because someone has more talent than you does not mean that you are less of a person. Talent level does not determine your worthiness, but how much you work your talent determines your usefulness.

Second, you are your own entity with God. God does not judge you by another’s talent, but He judges you by what you do with your talents. If you stopped worrying about not having as much as another, you could build what you have and God will give you more. Don't fall for the comparison game because you will be dishonest to prove you’re greater than others. Just because someone has more than you does not make you worse or them better, but realizing that God judges you by what you do with what you have should be your concern.

Third, it takes faith to use what you have to your fullest ability. Many wonder what they will do when they use all of their talents and need more, but you must understand that God will always give you more if you use what you have to your fullest ability. It takes faith to use what you have, but that is what grabs God’s attention. The fact that you are willing to risk everything for God by using what you have for Him is what springs God to action in your life.

Fourth, you build what you have by using what you have. What you do with what God has given you determines how much more God will use you. Don’t worry about whether you will have enough to do more, just use what you have, and God will give you more talent to handle more.

Fifth, if you don’t use it, you will lose it. Many have lost their talent because they never used it. Death comes by inaction, but growth comes by the action of usefulness. There are many who were more talented than others, but they never used their talent, and they became less talented than others because they lost their talent, whereas others multiplied theirs. If you don't want to lose the talent you have, use it, and God will multiply it.

Dr. Allen Domelle


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