Don’t Let Your Talent Go To Waste

Mark 13:34-37 34It is like a man [already] going on a journey; when he leaves home, he puts his servants in charge, each with his particular task, and he gives orders to the doorkeeper to be constantly alert and on the watch.   35Therefore watch (give strict attention, be cautious and alert), for you do not know when the Master of the house is coming–in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrowing, or in the morning–   36[Watch, I say] lest He come suddenly and unexpectedly and find you asleep.   37And what I say to you I say to everybody: Watch (give strict attention, be cautious, active, and alert)!

After we’ve gotten saved, and made sure our relationship with God is heading in the right direction, the next thing we need to be aware of is are we doing what God has called us to do? Every one of us has a purpose and a destiny to fulfill. Whether you are called to be a full time evangelist, a missionary, a stay at home mom, a business man, a worship leader, a choir member, a youth pastor, or a children’s church worker, and I could go on and on, each one of us has something to do for God. What comes to my mind is the parable in Matthew 25 about the man who was going to take a long trip. He entrusted three of his servants with his property and gave them sums of money according to their own ability. When the master returned some time later he called the servants and asked them what they had done with his money. The first and second servants made wise investments and good business dealings and were able to earn double what he had given them. The third servant did nothing with the resources he had been given. The master was not pleased when the man gave him back the exact amount he had been given. One day God is going to ask us, “What did you do with what I gave you?” Will you be able to say, “Here, I took what I had and turned it into something more”?

Today’s passage says a man went on a journey and put his servants each in charge of a particular job. He instructed them to be alert constantly and remain on the watch. Verse 35 says Be cautious and alert, for you do not know when the Master of the house is coming- Watch lest He come suddenly and unexpectedly and find you asleep. Just like that Master, God gives each of us specific jobs to do for His kingdom. Like that Master He also says “Stay alert! You don’t know when I will return.”  We need to make sure we are using our God-given talents and abilities to their fullest potential, and we also need to make sure we are not sleeping on the job.  What has God called you to do? What are you doing to fulfill your purpose? Have you put it on the back burner, or are you spending each day developing your talent, using your abilities to accomplish that destiny that is on the inside of you? If you feel your purpose is to be a wife and mother, are you being the best wife and mother you can be? Maybe you feel God called you to preach the gospel. Are you spending the time in the Word, developing your relationship, praying for the open doors of ministry? Whatever God has placed in you, He did so because He thought you were the best one for the job. Don’t let your talent go to waste!

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