Heard this morning a sermon at church on the man who hid the one talent he got by digging a hole in the ground (the talent was a huge sum of money). It reminded me of the lines in Thomas Gray’s famous work, “Elegy Written in a Country Churchyard”
“Full many a gem of purest ray serene,
The dark unfathomed caves of ocean bear:
Full many a flower is born to blush unseen,
And waste its sweetness on the desert air.”
Sadly, those who could become great with their talents often hide it. The reasons could be many. It can be shyness, or a sense of inferiority. More than that what I have seen in many is the “My gifts and talents are just for me to enjoy” attitude. It is important in this context to remember that our talents or gifts are not just for our own enjoyment. If we think many talents and gifts have been given to us for just expressing ourselves and then hiding it, we are missing the point entirely.
Life is not an island where you live all on your own. Instead it is the marketplace that best describes life where many come and meet and take of each other’s gifts and abilities. So display your talents not to show-off but to benefit those who are the spectators. Who knows the world of good you can inspire in another with that gift which is uniquely yours?
In conclusion, there is a warning note in The Parable of the Talents that Jesus Christ taught. Two servants who had used their talents and increased it by work were commended by their Master with these words, “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!” Though there was promotion, honour and rewards for those who used their talents, punishment was given to the man who hid his talent in the ground and gave some lazy excuses for not using the money given to him.
So, it is good to take a close look today at the excuses you give for not using your talent for the good of others. What are the real reasons behind them? Is it not the fear of being rejected? If so, it is high time that you step out of that fear and let your light shine brightly for others to see. Yes, “A city on a hill cannot be hidden!”
Bible quotes (NIV): Matthew 25:21, 5:14.
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