September 18 Your Talents

Scripture Reading: Luke 19:12–27

Key Verse: Luke 19:17

He said to him, “Well done, good servant; because you were faithful in a very little, have authority over ten cities.”

An essential ingredient for success in the personal or corporate realm is productivity. Businesses must be profitable if they expect to survive. Employees must work hard and wisely if they are to progress.

Although the believer’s identity and security in Christ should never be confused with his performance (the Father unconditionally loves and accepts him), God expects him to be productive in the use of his natural talents and spiritual gifts. This is clear in the parable of the talents where the industrious servant is rewarded and the indolent worker is reprimanded for his lack of initiative and effort.

The fear of failure is perhaps the greatest obstacle for many Christians. We flunk a course, flub an assignment, disappoint a boss, and decide we must not be made of the right stuff. What heresy! Failure is never final in God’s eyes. Look at David, Moses, Mark, and others who blew it but still found great favor with God. All God desires is that you learn from your mistakes and trust Him to help you.

A productive, satisfying life can be your experience. There will be unexpected lapses and momentary pauses as you seek to maximize your talents, but in the end, you will hear God say, “Well done, my good servant” (Luke 19:17 niv). This is reward enough.

Father, I praise You that failure is never final in Your eyes. Remove my fear of failure, and replace it with divine confidence. Help me learn from my mistakes.[1]

[1] Stanley, C. F. (1999). On holy ground (p. 273). Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers.

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