Use your talents

God gave us all talents. We truly begin living in our purpose when we learn how to use them. One might think of talents as things we can use to make money. The truth is we were made for God’s glory and once we use our talents for him, blessings will flow naturally. My talent is writing. I had this since I was a child but mostly took it for granted. I’m not the best writer in the world but I strive to be the best version of myself that i can be. I used my talents for just two years and it brought me a connection to God I didn’t think possible.

How will we know our talents?

The truth is we can never be sure. What we can do is follow King David’s example of loving God first (Acts 13:22). David was not always a king. He was not the next in line nor was he an obvious choice to lead but he was God's choice. David simply spent his days loving God and living life. He was a keeper of the sheep and God needed a righteous shepherd to lead his people at the time. David was not only a keeper of sheep though. He was also an incredible writer, the first great poet and an overall talented musician. When used righteously, music is one of the most powerful weapons ever created. David displays this power is when he heals a then King Saul (1 Samuel 16:23).

In the parable of the talents, the word says when you are “faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things (Matthew 25:21)...". David was faithful to his sheep and his job as a shepherd. That’s all God required of him. In doing so, David went from a keeper of sheep to a leader of men. Never take your talents for granted, they might just be a precursor to something greater. God granted us these gifts. If we misuse them, another child of God will be given that honour (Matthew 25:28). We witnessed this as kingship of Israel passed from King Saul to David (1 Samuel 16:13-14).

It takes a community of those working for God to build up his kingdom. We all have different talents and should encourage each other to use them righteously. Seek God first and all good things shall be added unto you (Matthew 6:33).

Lay your foundation.

Let the word of God be your guide.

Let God bring the increase.