Stewardship Series Week 6: Use Your Gifts

As this series on stewardship comes to a close, I want to get personal. I know talking about stewardship of the body was probably personal enough, but this topic is really personal. It’s about your gifts, talents, and abilities.

Every gift and talent God has bestowed has been strategically given. They are not just blessings meant for us, but for the blessing and encouragement of others as well. Our homes, our time, our resources – all should be managed well so that we can glorify God and help others.

The “Parable of the Talents” in Matthew 25:14-30 is an important look at stewardship that addresses the outward use of the resources the master gave his servants. The Bible Gateway footnote explains that “a talent was a monetary unit worth about twenty years’ wages for a laborer”.

In short, a talent is of great worth.

I chose the New Living Translation of the Bible that uses the word talent because I believe it is definitely something you could view in terms of the material or the abstract.  

Three servants are given 5 talents, 2 talents, and 1 talent, respectively. The two servants receiving larger portions invest the resources and multiply them into more for the master. This pleases the master, who says:

Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities.” -Matthew 25:21 (NLT)

By contrast, the last servant chooses to hide the gift of a single portion and doesn’t multiply it through investment. The master is angry because the gift that was given wasn’t maximized through good stewardship. Therefore, the master demanded the servant’s portion be taken away and said:

To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.” -Matthew 25:29

I often ponder this verse, thinking about faithfulness in the little things and how much it matters. God has given me specific gifts and talents that He has strategically placed within me. He has deliberately and lovingly placed me in my sphere of influence, at this time, for His purpose.

MY GIFTS

God has blessed me with a home and the ability to cook. I should use it to be hospitable to others, providing a warm and welcoming environment. By good stewardship through hospitality, my family can sow seeds of encouragement and faith into people’s lives.

The Lord has given me the boldness and ability to speak in front of others. Knowing this, He has allowed me to be a teacher and speaker at women’s events. I aim to speak truth and show love when God gives me a platform.

From my youth, God has given me a love for the written word, and a talent to write and create. For many years, it went unused.

It has since become my passion to write and share with an audience to the glory of God. I dream of building a life doing this, but must believe God can help me do it instead of being afraid. I am called to write.

THE OBSTACLES

Sometimes obstacles like an unkempt house, fear of speaking up, and doubts about my writing ability plague me. They keep me from fulfilling my purpose, despite being blessed by God with these gifts.  

Recently, my real struggle has been with self-doubt about writing. What if nobody reads it? What if they read it and hate it? What if I am not good enough? Besides, I don’t have enough time to write. So many worries.

These are lies from Satan. If God has gifted and called you, you must move.

Scared? Move forward.

Doubtful? Step out in faith.

Feeling inadequate? Believe that Jesus and His grace are sufficient.

We will sacrifice at either the altar of fear and disobedience or the Tabernacle of the Lord. Both require sacrifice, but the fruit couldn’t be more different.

We will sacrifice at either the altar of fear and disobedience or the Tabernacle of the Lord. Both require sacrifice, but the fruit couldn’t be more different.

Choose bold stewardship of your gifts. Remember Romans 8:31:

If God is for us, who can be against us?”

The enemy would like nothing better than for you to bury your talent, just as the foolish servant did in Matthew 25. When it is buried, it can’t blossom, multiply, and bless others.

Don’t permit this to happen. Because really, it is your choice and no one else’s.

RESPONDING BOLDLY

What is your gift? What talent or ability do you have that you’ve been hiding? Maybe God has been nudging you and you’ve been ignoring Him out of fear or disobedience.

Have you been procrastinating about starting that prayer group or Bible study because you are afraid nobody will show up? If God has given you the gift, it doesn’t matter if only one person comes because “when two or three are gathered”, Jesus is there.

Maybe your schedule has gotten in the way of artistic pursuits like crafts, writing, or knitting. How could these talents be used to bless others? I’m guessing there are people who could benefit from your gift. Find a way to create.

Can you carry a tune? Why not volunteer to sing on your church’s worship team, or for a children’s or elderly ministry? Lift your voice to bless others.

Don’t be afraid to use the gifts you’ve been given. Be afraid not to.

Don’t be afraid to use the gifts you’ve been given. Be afraid not to. For those who have been blessed with much are under obligation to do so. Be a blessing, take a step, use your gifts. God gave them to you to share.

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Hi! I’m Tracy…Christ-follower, wife, mama, writer, blogger, speaker, teacher, dreamer. I love Earl Grey Tea and quiet mornings. Here at Earl Grey and Yellow, the focus is striving to be faithful and appreciate the small things. So glad you stopped by. Please have a look around and subscribe to our newsletter and social media to stay connected.

6 thoughts on “Stewardship Series Week 6: Use Your Gifts

  1. My confidence should come because my gifts and talents have been strategically given to me by God to be a blessing. A basic truth I seem to forget, or minimize, much too easily.
    Thank you for graciously providing a fresh perspective throughout this series that has awakened a new sense of stewardship in my daily walk with the Lord!

  2. This post really spoke to me as I am in the process of reevaluating my gifts and wondering how I can use them to bless the lives of others. Thank you!

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