“And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’” Mt. 25:20,21 (ESV)
This parable is not about money or gifts…it is about faithfulness.
It is true that in Biblical times, a talent referred to a large amount of money, and today it refers to natural giftedness. Both apply very well in this parable.
We are each given natural and financial resources…and we will be judged on what we do with those resources.
This judgment is not about whether we will get into heaven. Jesus has taken care of that for us. This future judgment is also not a competition with other believers to see who can rack up the most points with God. This judgment is about being good stewards with what God has given us.
It is about being faithful.
Notice the words that the Master will say…well done, good and faithful servant. Jesus even repeats the word… “you have been faithful over a little.”
Being faithful means being true to a task we have been given. As followers of Jesus we have all been given the task of making disciples. Individually, we have each been given unique assignments that make use of our particular giftings.
Our reward is based on how faithful we are to use the gifts God has given us in the way He calls us to use them.
And when we are faithful…we please God.
Jesus tells us in Luke 12:48, to whom much is given, much is expected.
For all of us fortunate to practice medicine in the U.S., very much has been given. So as we continue to look closely at our motivations, a very Biblical motivation would be to seek to please God by using our “talents” to accomplish His will.
Do you know what your “talents” are?
If not…there are many excellent tools such as Strengthsfinder to help you discover those talents.
Then ask, seek and wait on the Lord for Him to show you how He wants you to use them.
Prayer: Lord I need Your help to stay faithful to the calling You haven given me.