There is a little-known truth about the implications of your buried talent that goes beyond now that you need to know while you have the chance. Our churches would become more vibrant if youths understand the grave implication of unused or underutilized talent. I will be exposing some of these truths using one of the profound parables of Jesus about the kingdom. This is the parable of the talent.
“Then the man who had received the one talent came. ‘Master,’ he said, I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathered where you have not scattered seed. 25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground. See, here is what, belongs to you.26 “His master replied, You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvested 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 “‘Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents. 29 For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. 30 And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ Matthew 25:26-30 NIV.
1.Buried talent reveals you are not truthful. The servant called his master “Lord” and that he was “afraid” of him. But his word and statement betrayed him as you cannot insult someone who truly is your Lord whom you fear. That is the height of deceit. If you call someone your lord that presupposes you accepted his ownership of everything you are managing for him. If as a youth you claimed you’ve surrendered everything to Jesus as your lord then you will discover, developed, and deploy your talent to please him. You either fear someone because of his ability to punish you or fear (reference) him because you don’t want to hurt his feeling. So, it is untrue that the guy feared his master. You would use your talent if you truly feared the Lord as your failure to use it makes Him unhappy.
2.The man had a wrong perspective about himself. He said, “I was afraid”. That statement is a betrayer of trust. The master trusted him enough to release one talent to him. Buried talent is an indication of inner defeat. It shows you’re not prepared to dare new things, to make your talent productive because you have the wrong perspective about your ability. One factor that hinders people from exhibiting their gift is fear of failure. He thought he had no chance of making it in a competitive world where we have two, five, or more talents. If you listen to the noise around, an intimidating record of successful people around you will not venture into the unknown. It will take, people will real liver to venture.
3.Buried talent revealed ungratefulness- Some people erroneously believed that certain gifts and talent are bigger and better than others. This is a pure fallacy. God gave to us according to varied abilities. The man failed to invest his talent because he felt it was too small. Every talent buried shows you are not grateful to God. Every talent deployed with equal commitment receives an equal reward. Bring out your buried now because it is not the size, but your faithfulness that matter. Though people reward results, God rewards faithfulness.
4.He had a wrong perspective of his master. The servant called his master “a wicked man” reaping where he never sowed. Those who are not grateful for their talent believed God wasn’t fair to them for giving them a gift that is not so popular like others. Most youth will prefer being gifted as a choir. Instrumentalist. Sunday school teacher playing a supportive role in the kitchen, restroom, correspondence, etc. But do you realize that a seemly insignificant buried talent of God in you is His investment? If so, then, He has invested something. The God who made you survived out of the millions of eggs produced by your parent at conception is fair because you could have been aborted also. Young Christian usually feels the church leader is asking too much from them when they demanded their total commitment in the usage of their skill and gift. The leaders are right considering their investment in you from childhood. If all you know about God is that He is merciful then, you don’t know Him enough because He’s equally a consuming fire. If your pastor didn’t tell you this, know that God is merciful but not foolishly merciful. The servant could hardly believe the judgment meted out to him. Just as a serious businessman God will not toil with his investment in you. Severe punishment awaits talent waster.
5.Your talent is a test. Come to think of it the zero results produced by this last servant shows the master was right in his distribution of the talents in the first place. And if he had given the servant more he probably would not have produced and that will be a greater loss to the master. What you are given now is what suits your make-up because he is your creator. Jesus said if you are faithful in little you will be faithful in much. It is time to unearth your buried talent and use it well, so the master can repose confidence in you and give you a greater one. Haven’t you wondered why some youth is the ones calling to do this and then that? The answer is not far-fetched. They distinguished themselves in one way, so they were given more. That was what the master did when he said “take the talent from him and give to the one who has five”.
6.Buried talent is a mark of laziness. The servant was lazy and could not think outside the box. The master never told them how to use the talents. It will take critical thinking to use your gift profitably. But this servant was too lazy to think. You cannot be greater than your thinking level. Every buried talent will surely depreciate or lost. The Simple economic principle should have dictated to this servant that the least place to keep money is in the bank and the worst place to keep it at home while the best is to invest it. You are a bundle of investment. Don’t be a waste. No matter how competitive the world is there is a place for you. Work hard at it and the reward could be amazing.
7.The penalty is severe. If you realize how grievous the punishment for failure to utilize your talent is maybe that will make you have a rethink. The servant would have been shocked to hear the judgment of his master. First, he was banished from the estate. Second, the unused talent was given to someone who produced the highest. This last servant realized too late that he needed the master and not the other way round. You have a replacement in God’s kingdom, but He does not have a replacement.
Though you may not have been told the severe implication of your buried talent by your pastor, now you are inexcusable. The statement of Paul in 1 Corinthians 9:16 should always be your driving force on the importance of our talents, skill, and gift
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