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    Is your talent bearing interest?

    Is Christian life only about accepting Christ, getting baptized, and going to church? What about the days or weeks or months after those important decisions? Do we go on and pursue an education, job, marriage, raise a family, buy a home, retire, fit in a missionary trip or volunteer, and transition smoothly into paradise? It's time to wake up as this is the biggest deception Satan has been putting in the minds of Christians over centuries.


    Please read Mathew 25:14-30



    This is the parable of talents and like other parables such as Mathew 4 Jesus is describing the kingdom of heaven giving us a glimpse into a world previously never experienced. Interestingly both passages are calling for an action from the believer and they are in sequence. Mathew 4 calls one to repent as a response to the call of the Savior and His saving grace and Mathew 25 reminds one to use his God given gifts for the benefit of His kingdom. However, most Christians stop at repentance and continues to dwell only in that realm ignoring the second call for action.



    In the parable Jesus brings servants which in Greek literally means bond servants who have no rights or say in any matter and are literally treated like slaves. Yet the master was kind to them in giving them His possessions and silver and everyone got at least one. He apportions spiritual gifts (talents) to them as we read in Ephesians 4. Talents described here are not the talents like a skill or a natural ability that can be developed or acquired. Historically it refers to a unit of measurement to describe the quantity of silver or gold, the two precious metals of that period used as currency. Therefore, as Jesus entrusts His precious property 'the Church' with the servants He also gives them the precious gifts needed to maintain His property.


    Next, the sense of urgency of using the gifts is essential. He tells the servants to get to work right away. So it is imperative that we pray and ask God what those gifts are and He will help you recognize them. Those gifts then need to be "fanned into flame" as Paul reminded Timothy in 2:1-6. In Paul's life we read he uses his gift right away in preaching Jesus is the Messiah immediately after his conversion in the synagogues seen in Acts 9:20. This is an excellent example the operational aspect of the gift does not require years of seminary; rather, the willingness to submit to the truth.


    Last, take risks for the kingdom as we see in the parable the servant who invested all his talents earned more. Servant who buried it did not yield anything including for himself. At least he should have deposited it in the bank where he could've received some interest. Preach, teach, encourage, write, or do something useful to fellow brothers and sisters so that they maybe edified. Don't worry about the political correctness and the rejection that may come with it. Be worried about executing your responsibilities in God than what others think.


    Finally, just like any corporation having to give a financial statement each year, each one of us would need to give an account of how we best utilized His gift. If the financial disclosure does not look attractive the board may decide to terminate the leadership. Similarly the consequence of not using our gifts is hell (v.29-30). That truth might be hard to swallow yet we need to respect that God gave His one and only Son so that we can have eternal life and eternal fellowship with God and the least we can do for Him is to be faithful and productive servants.


    So ask God to lead you to recognize His gift(s) and prayerfully start using them. Over time it will blossom and bear fruits that no other person can duplicate because the gift is uniquely yours.

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    Re: Is your talent bearing interest?

    This is quite simple, but my concern is that people go around in Jesus' name and put themselves on pedestals, thinking that they can save others through action. But Jesus is the only one who can do that. Instead, I think it's a good idea to prosper in fields other than just preaching, and use the Spirit to surprise people in all dark corners of earth with compassion. One can only help into heaven another who is ready to listen, otherwise they will not listen and at worst despise and resent you. So do your job, and let God do his job through you.

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    Your assessment that the talents are skills or gifts to work for the Lord is incorrect!

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    The talents represent monetary value and are distibuted according to ability (vs. 15). The requirement is to invest in Christ. The first two servants deposited their money with the bankers (Matthew 25:27) but the third servant buried his money in the ground (vs. 25). The third servant had been given abilities and the opportunity to believe and bear fruit in accordance, but had chosen to reject it.

    The fact that the latter man in this parable is called wicked and slothful and an unprofitable servant (Matthew 25:30) who is cast out into outer darkness, certainly indicates that he was not a true disciple of the master. The idea of this illustrative parable is that all true believers will produce fruit in varying degress. All believers are fruitful, but not all are equally fruitful (Matthew 13:23). Those who produce no results at all are not truly converted.

    This man's characterization of the master maligns him as a cruel and ruthless opportunist, "reaping and gathering" what he had no right to claim as his own. This slothful so-called servant does not represent a genuine believer, for it is obvious that this man had no true knowledge of the master. Two of these servants represent children of God, but not the third. Children of God are not cast out into outer darkness. The fact that this man is called a servant does not mean necessarily that he is saved. The Jews are called the Lord’s servants, but they were not all saved (Isaiah 43:10).
    Galatians 6:14 - But God forbid that I should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world.

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    Re: Is your talent bearing interest?

    Talent is a measure of weight (for instant, a talent of silver).



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    Quote Originally Posted by undertheblood View Post
    Talent is a measure of weight (for instant, a talent of silver).
    Your assessment that the talents are skills or gifts to work for the Lord is incorrect!
    There is no need to nit-pick in this fashion. While the talents of old times were weights (particularly of precious metals), we need to look at the application of that parable in the broadest possible terms as it applies to Christian service.

    Some Christians may be given monetary wealth for the sake of the Kingdom, others may have skills, talents, or spiritual gifts for the same purpose. Still others may have traits and characteristics which would be valuable.

    The point of the parable is that God expects each and every Christian to diligently use whatever has been placed at his disposal, so when the Lord asks for an accounting one can hear "Well done, good and faithful servant".

    If we are going to start nit-picking about these important matters, there is really no need to bother.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Daniel567 View Post
    There is no need to nit-pick in this fashion. While the talents of old times were weights (particularly of precious metals), we need to look at the application of that parable in the broadest possible terms as it applies to Christian service.

    Some Christians may be given monetary wealth for the sake of the Kingdom, others may have skills, talents, or spiritual gifts for the same purpose. Still others may have traits and characteristics which would be valuable.

    The point of the parable is that God expects each and every Christian to diligently use whatever has been placed at his disposal, so when the Lord asks for an accounting one can hear "Well done, good and faithful servant".

    If we are going to start nit-picking about these important matters, there is really no need to bother.
    Yeah you right, let's not nit-pick about the facts (truth). Why should the truth tether us down and stop us from pushing our theology and teachings.

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    Re: Is your talent bearing interest?

    The mis-interpretation of this parable has caused more problems than any other parable. And its not nit-picking, you have to get it right. The bible says that teachers will be judged more harshly.
    This mis-interpretation has caused more people running off to africa as missionaries to work for salvation.
    God will not accept your work

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