7 parable of the talents lessons every Christian creative should know
A lot goes into blogging. Being real, the overwhelm is heavy. It is also overwhelmingly joyful. How beautiful is it that the Lord created me to love writing from the beginning? Then years later, a desire for blogging before I fully knew Him? He then took that desire and turned it into something that honors Him. I am baffled every day by the way He has written my story.
My husband Stuart likes to quote Oliver Cromwell though when I am feeling discouraged, “Trust in God and keep your powder dry.” Basically, trust Him who called you to it, take courage, and be prepared to put in the hard work. Trust in God and put in the work can be a slippery slope into trying in our own strength to achieve something the Lord has already prepared for us and wants us to achieve. This is where fear, discouragement, and defeat settles into our hearts and debilitates us from completing our mission.
It may not be specifically blogging like it is for myself. It could be any kind of talent or passion project you are trying to pursue. If you are struggling in your own strength, know that it isn’t necessary. Hard work is necessary. But the struggle is not.
7 parable of the talents lessons every Christian creative should know
Today I am going to be sharing some invaluable lessons I have taken away from the parable of the talents that have encouraged me immensely with this issue. Personally, I struggled with the parable of the talents meaning for quite awhile before studying it closely. I’m super stoked to be sharing the 7 parable of the talents lessons every Christian creative should know that I have discovered when examining this passage closely. I hope this brings you the encouragement you need. So open your Bible, ladies, and turn to Matthew 25:14-30. 🙂
For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property.
Parable of the talents lesson 1: Each talent, gift, or passion is gifted to you from the Lord and it was His to begin with.
Each talent, gift, or passion that you have is inherently the Lord’s property. Every quality we inhabit whether that is creativity, drive, the gift of the gab (I love British phrases), a beautiful voice, an ability to write, whatever it may be. It is a quality gifted to you by the Lord. In other words, what we have and what we are capable of is not our own. We are not our own. Some might find that a difficult pill to swallow, but I find it so freeing, you know?
Parable of the talents lesson 2: The qualities that He has given you are entrusted to you.
He entrusted the gift He has given to you to do with it what you can and ought to. The definition of entrust means to either assign a responsibility over to someone or to put something into someone’s care or protection. Either way, the Lord trusts that we are capable of putting our talents to good use. He gives us control over how we go about sharing and utilizing our talents to care for others and glorify His name!
To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability.
Parable of the talents lesson 3: The Lord entrusts you with what you are capable of handling according to your ability.
The Lord entrusts us with what we are capable of handling according to our ability. He doesn’t have unreasonable expectations of us. He wouldn’t expect the servant he gave two talents to to bring back five more talents. Nor would he expect that the servant he gives five talents to bring back less than what he started with. The Lord is fair and just and understands our personal and circumstantial limitations.
Also, so very often I feel we are afraid to take action out of fear of disappointing the Lord or doing something incorrectly or displeasing to Him. But there is no need to feel this way because he entrusts us with these gifts for a reason! We are not given a spirit of fear but a Spirit of love and self control. Understand that the Lord trusts you with your talents and wants to see you succeed. Any thought that perhaps you will get carried away or do something displeasing, trust the Lord to reel you back in, but never let that stop you from trying.
Then he went away. He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them.
Parable of the talents lesson 4: The Lord will eventually settle accounts with all of us.
A very sobering truth! Settling accounts literally means to receive what is due. You will stand before the Lord one day and He will take a look at your life and what you have done with what He has given you. I don’t want to stand there before Him empty handed. It is a scary thought. So take what you have been given and use the very fact that he expects you to multiply fruit from it as motivation to carry on!
And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I 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.’ And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here, I have made two 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.’
Parable of the talents lesson 5: The Lord rewards those who have been faithful over what they have been given.
Being faithful over what you have been given will mean something different to each person. Heck, it will mean something different in each and every pursuit one person will do. To me, when it comes to writing, being faithful means that I am never instructing or writing about my faith from a fleshly place. Being faithful means to have pure intentions and a heart aligned with His.
What does it mean to you where you are at and with what you are doing? Don’t let this debilitate you. Pray on it! Ask the Lord how you can honor Him in your pursuits. Remember the Lord rewards us over our faithfulness in all our pursuits! Let this motivate and inspire you.
He also who had received one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours.’
But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have now sown and father where I scattered no seed? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Parable of the talents lesson 6: The third servant did not actually know the Lord.
There is a lot happening in this next part. It is probably the part that might scare you the most, right? The Lord cast one of his servants into outer darkness!
Although, because the servant called the Lord master upon His return doesn’t meant the servant played his part as a servant. The master isn’t any less the master of the house if he leaves. But, the moment the master left the servant stopped being a servant.
How do I know this? The servant does not understand who his master is.
Parable of the talents lesson 7: A faithful servant knows his master.
The servant says, ‘I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, and I was afraid.’ Not only does the servant make it clear he does not know his Master to be a kind and loving father, but the servant essentially tells the Lord, ‘I know you take what you didn’t make and gather what you didn’t grow!’
But really, the servant contradicts himself. He says, ‘Here, take what is yours!’ when the Lord comes back to settle accounts. When faced with the confrontation of reality, the fact that everything given to us is the Father’s, the servant backtracks on his original standpoint that the Lord takes what isn’t rightfully His. A loving servant dedicated to their master would not think or say this.
A faithful servant will spend time getting to know and understand the Father. When you know who the Father is, someone who loves you, cares deeply for you, and wants to give you the desires of your heart, there is no reason to fear.
What are your main takeaways from the parable of the talents? I would love to know your thoughts! Don’t forget to subscribe for weekly faith and blogging encouragement.