Called to Use Every Gift

Updated: Apr 22, 2020

All throughout redemptive history God keeps having to remind his people that he has blessed every person and entrusted them with gifts. Jesus succinctly summarized this call in parable form. In teaching about his second coming Jesus told the Parable of the Talents. In this parable a man is going away on a journey and entrusts his property to his servants. One servant is given five “talents” (a talent was about 15 years’ wages for a laborer), another servant is given 2 talents, and a final servant is given a single talent. In this parable each person is differently gifted (which aligns with what we saw in Genesis) but everyone is given a lot (which also reflects God’s gracious gift-giving in the garden.)

The implication was that they were to do business with the talents their master had given them – to “be fruitful and multiply” in the language of the Garden of Eden. And this is where the parable gets interesting:

“He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master's money.” - Matthew 25:16-18