Talents has two meanings. One is a measure of gold and the other is a natural aptitude or skill. You’ve been given talents because you were created on purpose, for a purpose! The big question is that when Jesus comes back, what will He find has become of the talents you were given? Will you have multiplied them? 5x or even 10x the original amount? Will you just take what you have and not improve or multiply it? Are there areas you can improve? Are there things you would do that would increase your talents? How will you live in order to multiply what you were given and glorify God? Or are you willing to risk losing even what you had because you didn’t bother trying to increase and improve? Will you be a good and faithful servant who takes what you have been given and multiply it? You don’t want to risk the consequences do you?
How will you increase the talents God has given you?
Today’s reading starts with a parable from Jesus’ on this subject…
The Parable of the Gold Coins
11While the people were listening to this, Jesus continued and told them a parable. He was now almost at Jerusalem, and they supposed that the Kingdom of God was just about to appear. 12So he said, “There was once a man of high rank who was going to a country far away to be made king, after which he planned to come back home. 13Before he left, he called his ten servants and gave them each a gold coin and told them, ‘See what you can earn with this while I am gone.’ 14Now, his own people hated him, and so they sent messengers after him to say, ‘We don’t want this man to be our king.’ 15“The man was made king and came back. At once he ordered his servants to appear before him, in order to find out how much they had earned. 16The first one came and said, ‘Sir, I have earned ten gold coins with the one you gave me.’ 17‘Well done,’ he said; ‘you are a good servant! Since you were faithful in small matters, I will put you in charge of ten cities.’ 18The second servant came and said, ‘Sir, I have earned five gold coins with the one you gave me.’ 19To this one he said, ‘You will be in charge of five cities.’ 20Another servant came and said, ‘Sir, here is your gold coin; I kept it hidden in a handkerchief. 21I was afraid of you, because you are a hard man. You take what is not yours and reap what you did not plant.’ 22He said to him, ‘You bad servant! I will use your own words to condemn you! You know that I am a hard man, taking what is not mine and reaping what I have not planted. 23Well, then, why didn’t you put my money in the bank? Then I would have received it back with interest when I returned.’ 24Then he said to those who were standing there, ‘Take the gold coin away from him and give it to the servant who has ten coins.’ 25But they said to him, ‘Sir, he already has ten coins!’ 26‘I tell you,’ he replied, ‘that to those who have something, even more will be given; but those who have nothing, even the little that they have will be taken away from them. 27Now, as for those enemies of mine who did not want me to be their king, bring them here and kill them in my presence!’” –from Luke 19
How will you live? Will you live in a way that is glorifying to God? Will live a life that points to the truth? Will you be a good example to others? Will you point people to the truth, the way, and the life that God so desires for them? Today’s reading continues into Titus 2 on this topic…
1But you must teach what agrees with sound doctrine. 2Instruct the older men to be sober, sensible, and self-controlled; to be sound in their faith, love, and endurance. 3In the same way instruct the older women to behave as women should who live a holy life. They must not be slanderers or slaves to wine. They must teach what is good, 4in order to train the younger women to love their husbands and children, 5to be self-controlled and pure, and to be good housewives who submit themselves to their husbands, so that no one will speak evil of the message that comes from God. 6In the same way urge the young men to be self-controlled. 7In all things you yourself must be an example of good behavior. Be sincere and serious in your teaching. 8Use sound words that cannot be criticized, so that your enemies may be put to shame by not having anything bad to say about us. 9Slaves are to submit themselves to their masters and please them in all things. They must not talk back to them 10or steal from them. Instead, they must show that they are always good and faithful, so as to bring credit to the teaching about God our Savior in all they do.
–from Titus 2
What do people learn from watching you? What do people learn from hearing you? What do you say even when you don’t speak? What do you say in the words that you choose to speak? Where does it point people? What do they receive? As servant leaders we are to serve! Let’s lead by example! God sees all, there is nothing hidden from Him. So let’s live lives that will point people to Jesus and the hope that comes from Him that is within us.
1A gentle answer quiets anger, but a harsh one stirs it up. 2When wise people speak, they make knowledge attractive, but stupid people spout nonsense. 3The Lord sees what happens everywhere; he is watching us, whether we do good or evil. 4Kind words bring life, but cruel words crush your spirit. 5It is foolish to ignore what your parents taught you; it is wise to accept their correction. 6Righteous people keep their wealth, but the wicked lose theirs when hard times come. 7Knowledge is spread by people who are wise, not by fools. 8The Lord is pleased when good people pray, but hates the sacrifices that the wicked bring him. 9The Lord hates the ways of evil people, but loves those who do what is right. 10If you do what is wrong, you will be severely punished; you will die if you do not let yourself be corrected. 11Not even the world of the dead can keep the Lord from knowing what is there; how then can we hide our thoughts from God? 12Conceited people do not like to be corrected; they never ask for advice from those who are wiser. 13When people are happy, they smile, but when they are sad, they look depressed. 14Intelligent people want to learn, but stupid people are satisfied with ignorance. 15The life of the poor is a constant struggle, but happy people always enjoy life. 16Better to be poor and fear the Lord than to be rich and in trouble. 17Better to eat vegetables with people you love than to eat the finest meat where there is hate.
–from Proverbs 15