In Matthew, the twenty-fifth chapter, Jesus tells a story of three men…
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. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability;
It is interesting that each man is given an amount of talents (coins in this parable), by God, with the expectation that they live their lives putting their individual talents to use. The number of talents given to each man is completely up to God. Life’s challenge is to focus more upon investing what we have been given and spend less time comparing our blessings to others. As the parable goes, the men given five and two talents respectively, invested their talents and doubled their return to the master. The servant given one talent, chose to bury his talent in the ground for safe keeping, only to be returned to the master. In the parable, the man who buries his talent is referred to as “evil”, and his talent is taken and given to the others. Sadly today, many men are choosing to bury their talents and safely arrive at death, but what causes men to adopt this viewpoint of life?
I often speak to large groups people in churches, classrooms, and business seminars, and the view from the stage is often one of solemn despair. If the eyes are the window to the soul, from the stage the eyes of my audiences often tell a story of lost hopes and buried talents. As Thoreau so eloquently stated, “Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.” This quiet desperation manifests itself in our relationships, our finances, our attitudes, and our thoughts. God has blessed all of mankind, His crowning creation, with a beautiful melody to sing to this world, and He has equipped us with all we need to sing heartily. So what separates those that invest their talents and those that bury them?
The answer lies in the hearts of mankind. What a man believes, what a man does, and what a man shares will determine how much a man will accomplish. The notion that we have been given by the master a divine purpose, and belief in that anointed assignment is paramount in the lives on mankind. With belief in God, mankind will find the inspiration, motivation, and courage to move into unchartered waters. Only by faith can a man see beyond his immediate obstacles and visualize singing their song. Belief is the first and most necessary step toward living an accomplished life.
Belief without works is dead, so the wise servants used belief as impetus to try! It is sad indeed to meet a man who believes in God and his destiny, but he is too afraid of failure to try. To have faith, ability, talents, and knowledge is a blessing, but to put all of that potential on ice is a curse. Deep in the heart of all winners is a willingness to try while others sit paralyzed with fear and laziness. Among the throngs of the crowd are millions of people who believe yet will not act. They believe that their dream is too risky when in fact, not running for your calling is the ultimate risk. In the aforementioned parable, we learn that it is more risky for a servant to bury their talent in the earth than to go and try to multiple their gifts. Whatever you do…do something; it is hard to steer a parked car.
Finally, mankind needs something to share. God in His infinite wisdom uses the cords of men to bring to bring glory to His name. When God blesses any of us with a talent, his intent is that we believe in His plan, forge ahead into the unknown with diligent work, and share our talents, our victories, and our rewards with other men that God may be glorified. The bible states that one man plants, and another waters, but God gives the increase. So by sharing our gifts with His creation we unknowingly help cultivate the gifts of others that we may all share in the awesome providence of our creator.
I love the LIFE company because the information in our subscriptions help me believe more in my destiny, our business plan provides me the vehicle to do more fruitful and productive work toward my dreams. And our team approach allows us to satisfy the three-fold purpose of sharing. We share life changing information with the world. We share our gifts with the entire LIFE company, and we share the spoils of victory with our specific teams. Live your LIFE on purpose, believe, do, and share your talents with this world. Sing your song!