Updated: Sep 20, 2020
Welcome back to the blog guys.
I know it has been a while! I hope everyone is keeping well spiritually, mentally and emotionally. Today I have a very important word that I want to share with you all. "Stop burying what you have been given".
Some of you may be thinking "Yeah, I've heard this word before. We hear this all the time. Not another word about me using my gifts blah, blah, blah." However, I think it is such an important topic and is worth speaking about, this time possibly from another angle. Some of you may be aware of the parable of the talents which has inspired this blog post, along with a few other things that I am learning that I would like to share. I hope that you are blessed.
So, for those who are not too familiar with the parable of the talents. There were three guys who were each given talents according to their ability. One was given 5, one was given 2 and one was given 1. The first two did their thing. They went out and multiplied these talents for their master. Now, let's talk about the man with one talent. He had only one thing to do; at least do something with the talent. But no, he had this fantastic idea to bury the talent and essentially do nothing with it, feeling no way to come back to his master with this same talent unused. By this point you are probably thinking, "Yeah, I'm not like that guy, I haven't buried my talent, I can never be like him." You may even be thinking how stupid he is to not even try and do something with the ONE talent that he was given. But I want to share some subtle ways that some of us may do the exact same thing that this guy did without even realising it.
Firstly, I believe that the reason why some people have buried their gifts is because they don't know who they are in Christ. Because they don't know the giver of the gifts, they chase after the gifts rather than the giver, many times searching for it in the wrong places. And from experience, I have learned that when the foundation is shaky everything built on top is shaky also. Another important point to highlight, the men who were given the talents knew their master!
Secondly, there are some people who may purposely hide their light. Yup, I've been there. I will put my hands up to that one. Maybe you can relate. We know that we should be using our gifts to serve, but nah fear gets in the way. I believe this is one of the biggest things that holds people back - that spirit of fear. When the master came back to the guy with the one talent his response was, "I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground." Let us talk about fear for a second. According to the dictionary, fear is an unpleasant emotion caused by the threat of danger, pain or harm. Essentially feeling a sense of danger, pain or harm that may not even be real. I am here to remind you that God has not given you a spirit of fear. Oh no, He has not! But of power and of love and of a sound mind. Some versions say self-control. Do not let the enemy lie to you. So many people are being fed with lies in their minds. "You're not good enough", "There are so many people doing what you want to do anyway", "It's not going to last", "Better you don't start as it will be a big mistake." Lies, lies, lies and so self-focused! Please even if you doubt yourself, don't doubt God. A very comforting scripture is Ephesians 2:10 which says we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. Do you know how beautiful it is to know that God has already prepared all that He has called you for, even before you were born, even before you came to Christ. But of course, the enemy will feed you with lies to try and stop you from walking in these good works and it is your responsibility to not believe these lies. Memorise the above scripture if you need to or any others that may come to you. And anytime that lie comes back say it with confidence "I am God's workmanship".
It may not even be fear, it may be doubt."God did you really say I should do this? Please show me another sign" - bearing in mind He has already shown you like two. How many of us doubt when we have been given an assignment from God. We know what we should be doing but because of doubt we refuse to take that first step. Doubt, another lie of the enemy! Sometimes we have even received solid confirmation from God and we feel assured until the thought of taking that first step kicks in. Sound familiar?
Or perhaps it is your past constantly trying to hold you back. Constant reminders of your wrongdoings. "Don't you remember what you did in your childhood, or those wrong thoughts that you thought last night. You better not try and put yourself out there or they will judge you." Oh boy, thank God for Jesus! For there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1). Remember, you are not your past, you are not your mistakes, neither are you your imperfections. Do not allow your past to hold you back, for your past does not have to determine your future.
Or it may be pride. Hmmn, we will talk about this one another day but for now I will leave it here to sink in...
And just a little word of encouragement for those who may know what their gifts are or may be actively serving with these gifts. Remember, to whom much is given much is required. So don't boast in what you have been given. In fact, you have a huge responsibility. Manage the gifts God has given you with excellence and remember that one day you will have to give a return on the investment God has made in you. Be faithful in using the gifts and potential that He has given to you and be a good steward over these things. Someone once said something to me many years ago which has stayed with me up until today. "There is someone that needs you to do what God has told you to do". And I repeat the same thing to you guys today.
And lastly, a point that is sometimes overlooked. Whatever you have been given by God and entrusted with, be a faithful servant. Whether that is a skill, a role, a position, a job, a relationship, a business, money, a gift, or whatever it may be, you have been given it for a reason, be faithful. Use what you have, no matter how small you may consider it to be. It may be one gift and that is okay. Use it, serve with it, develop it. It is better to have one gift that you are faithful with than many that you have buried. It is all by His Grace.
Stop hiding your light. God is in control, do not fear, doubt or be held back by your past. Let your light shine and allow God to use you for His glory. Pray, stay focused, do not compare, be faithful and serve.
Remember, stop burying what you have been given!
You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
Grace & Peace x