The Parable of the Bags of Gold
14 “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. 15 To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag,[a] each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. 16 The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. 17 So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. 18 But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.
19 “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. 20 The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’
21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
22 “The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’
23 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
24 “Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’
26 “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? 27 Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.
28 “‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags.29 For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 30 And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
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God sometimes gives us gifts and talents that we could never have foreseen, expected, or even have wanted. Gifts that enable us for His ministry and for His glory.
Our gifts put us in a place where we can share said gifts with other people.
Sometimes we get gifts that we would never have asked for but then we end up utilizing them far more than would ever expect.
God gifts us according to our ability. Some of us are made to handle stress well, some of us are made to give comfort, some of us are made to study and discover and share knowledge. Our gifts correspond to our talent.
The more we use our God-given gifts, the greater the value of those gifts. If we refuse to use those gifts, then they are worth nothing. Nothing for us and definitely nothing for the kingdom of God.
We do not know how those gifts can be used—we do not know who might be encouraged by our written words, someone who might be challenged by our strength in our faith, who might be led to Christ by our showing of love.
God has given us our gifts—speaking, writing, singing, building, teaching, etc.—to use. We do not know what plan that He has, what good He is planning through the use of our gifts.
If we do not use our gifts, then God will find someone else to use that gift in our place and we will lose our chance to build up the kingdom of God through those gifts. God has called you to the place you are, given you the gifts that you have, to use you for His glory and, in the using of those gifts, render them priceless.