I believe many of us are familiar with the parable of the talents from the Bible, which I don’t want to share in full extent since we know the outcome and because we are still here on Earth, we have the opportunity through the name of Jesus to determine the right outcome for ourselves. The talent in the ancient world was a unit of weight and money. The parable itself refers to money, but if we abstract from all this, we also know that our talent is the gift we received from our Heavenly Father. But I don’t want to jump ahead in my message, so let’s first read the word written in Matthew 25:14-18:
’14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.
15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.
16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.
17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.
18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.’
From the scripture, we see that two servants doubled the talents entrusted to them through their efforts. While the third, ‘in his fear’, buried it.
As I wrote at the beginning, our talent is what our Heavenly Father gave us. I think here on Earth we only attribute value to money, unlike the real value we received from our Heavenly Father, because I’m sure He didn’t send anyone to Earth empty-handed, as He is the Creator God. So, we can’t say I have nothing even when in this false world our circumstances show otherwise. We have an important task entrusted to us by our Heavenly Father, which is to be good stewards of His talent or talents. Maybe your talent is eloquence, or art, perhaps your profession, but whatever it is, you can serve your Heavenly Father with it if you are industrious and don’t feel called to shepherd a congregation, no problem in that case put your talent on the money changers’ table which can also be your church’s donation box because don’t forget this word you can read in Matthew 10:40-42:
’40 He that receiveth you receiveth me, and he that receiveth me receiveth him that sent me.
41 He that receiveth a prophet in the name of a prophet shall receive a prophet’s reward; and he that receiveth a righteous man in the name of a righteous man shall receive a righteous man’s reward.
42 And whosoever shall give to drink unto one of these little ones a cup of cold water only in the name of a disciple, verily I say unto you, he shall in no wise lose his reward.’
Let me suggest that you read the entire Matthew 10 to get a more comprehensive picture of how Jesus sent His Apostles to service and what kind of power they received from Him.
Returning to Matthew 10:40, today your pastor in the local church is a servant filled with the Holy Spirit of our Heavenly Father. ‘Just as if you have also accepted Jesus into your heart.’ Support him with your donation, or if you feel compelled to help your congregation by distributing flyers, or simply by sharing the Word on the internet, then you already have new talents, ones that you might not have assumed are also significant before the Heavenly Father
In any case, don’t be that one-talented person who hides the gift received from God from others and doesn’t share it. We know well what happened to him when His Lord returned, he was called a wicked and lazy servant, more so, but rather read only the verses extending from Matthew 25:27-30.
’27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.
28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.
29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.
30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
This, my brothers and sisters, is not milk, this is solid food to understand that our earthly decisions will have consequences. But just look what happens to you when you place your talent in the service of the Heavenly Father. There indeed you are what Matthew 25:28-29 writes, but not the one from whom it is taken away but to whom it is given because I believe these lines speak to your heart and this is not from me but the Holy Spirit within you who makes you understand these lines which are written in the Bible for us.
Allow me to close today’s Message of our Heavenly Father with two scriptures. The first message serves so that you can take from the second message what no longer applies to you through Jesus Christ.
‘1Cor 15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
Rom 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.’
Let me share 3 Scriptures that help us better understand the importance of receiving Jesus and its inevitability.
Romans 10:8 – 10
8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach;
9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.
If you’re reading this today and you want to be with our Heavenly Father and Jesus Christ in eternity, know that this verse shows you how to do it. John 14:6 Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. In the following sections, I will guide you through how to confess all of this before our Father and our Lord Jesus.
John 3:7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God. These are the words of Jesus.
You can be born again as the Bible teaches: you need to confess
your faith. After you have been born again, say this short but very important prayer
with your loved ones, relatives, friends, and all those who believe in Jesus Christ. Because to be born again, we must confess our faith. This is what the next section is about.
I believe that Jesus is the Son of God.
I believe that Jesus died for my sins,
according to the teachings of the Bible.
I believe that Jesus rose from the dead,
for my justification.
Please, Jesus, be my Lord!
Please, Jesus, be my Savior!
Please, Jesus, be my Healer!
Jesus, You are my Lord.
Jesus, You are my Savior.
Jesus, You are my Healer.
I am redeemed. I am born again in Christ.
His holy blood has cleansed me from all sins.
This is the truth, for the Word of God is truth.
Thank you, dear Jesus. Amen.
For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.
Matthew 10:32 Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven.
2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.
My service is not tied to a place, not located under a country or street name, and not hidden behind a phone number. I serve my Heavenly Father in the name of Jesus Christ, growing in Him day by day, being transformed from my old self to become like Christ.