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Reasons Why People Do Not Use Their Talents

Reasons Why People Do Not Use Their Talents

Scripture: Matthew 25:14-19

14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.

15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several abilities; and straightway took his journey.

16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same and made them other five talents.

17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.

18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth and hid his lord’s money.

19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh and reckoned with them.

Reflection.

God has given everyone something to do. He has given everybody a calling or a talent. This classic story by our Lord Jesus illustrates this timeless truth to the Christian world. Some people were given more talents than others, but everybody had something. Amazingly, some people did not use their gifts and were not quiet about it either. They had a lot to say to the master on the day of reckoning. 

I believe that this story is one of the most vivid illustrations of how God endows everyone with gifts and callings.  Yet many do not do anything at all with their gifts. In this section, I want to share with you ten reasons why, I believe, many people do not use their talents despite their calling.  Some people simply do nothing with their talents and their gifts. 

1. FIRST REASON: FEAR. Matthew 25:25

Fear is an evil spirit which paralyses Christians into inactivity.  Perhaps, it is one of the greatest forces that keep people from taking up their talents and using them.  At many junctions of my life, fear attempted to paralyze me into inactivity and fruitlessness. 

2. SECOND REASON: HIDING YOUR GIFTS. Matthew 25:25

Fear causes you to hide your gifts. Many people conceal who they are and what they can do.  No one knows their potential because it is well concealed. Have you hidden your talents and gifts?  Perhaps fear of criticism has caused you to hide your gifts of singing, teaching, or even giving. 

3.  THIRD REASON: A FAULT-FINDING ATTITUDE. Matthew 25:24

The gentleman with one talent did nothing because he found fault with the master who sent him forth. He described him as a hard man who benefited from things he did not deserve.

4.  FOURTH REASON:  DESPISING THE TYPE OF GIFT YOU HAVE. Matthew 25:24

The gentleman who received one talent did not use his talent.  He assumed that this talent would not yield much.  In other words, he despised what he had been given.  Many people feel they cannot preach as well as some of the well-known preachers of the world.  Perhaps you know that you could never have a large church.  Perhaps you feel you have just been given some bland, featureless gift.  You complain because there is nothing remarkable about your gift.  For this reason, you simply tuck it out of sight.  

5.  FIFTH REASON:  DESPISING THE SMALLNESS OF YOUR GIFT. Matthew 25:25

Perhaps, the man who received one talent thought it was too small to make any significant profit.  He felt it was better to do nothing than to waste his time working with only one talent.  Despising your calling because of its apparent smallness is one of the most dangerous spiritual mistakes you could ever make. 

6.  SIXTH REASON:  OVER-ESTIMATING YOUR ABILITIES. Matthew 25:15

Sometimes people might think of themselves as being above certain tasks.  They feel demeaned by being asked to do certain jobs. 

7.  SEVENTH REASON:  LAZINESS. Matthew 25:26

Ministry involves hard work.  You cannot do much for God if you are lazy.  I have come to see that it is only hard-working people who accomplish much in the ministry.  One of the commonest causes for fruitlessness is plain old laziness! 

Beyond the select few listed, there are a plethora of reasons why people choose not to utilize their talents. But today, I’m challenging you to put what you’ve learned from these lessons into practice by recognizing your unique gifts and abilities and using them to their full potential in God’s vineyard.

Prayer.

Father! Thank you for the gifts and talent you gave to us. We would make good use by developing them to serve, amen.

Please share!

REF: BISHOP DAG HEWARD-MILLS

Pastor Bob (Idamiebi Benson Bob-Manuel) is a husband and father of three. Born and raised in Nigeria he moved to Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada in 2019 to pursue a calling from the Lord to build an in-person and online ministry. After serving in various ministerial capacities for 18 years, Bob was ordained as a Pastor in January 2018. Since coming to Canada he has served at The Bridge Church, a ministry under the covering of the Foursquare Church of Canada and currently serves as an associate pastor with Wellsprings Victory Church in Regina, Saskatchewan. Bob has a passion for sharing the word of God through preaching, teaching, and worship. He believes in the power and righteousness of servant leadership and has devoted his life to walking the path that God has placed before him. Bob is also pursuing a Master’s degree in Christian Leadership through distance learning with Trinity Western University British Columbia, Canada.

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