A Talentless Christ
Growing up in the setting and culture that is church I was always told to give God my best. Pray, read my word and seek his face. So, I did. I read about the talents in Matthew 25 and how the servant that did not use their talent was cast into outer darkness. I also read that we should go out unto all the world and compel people to come, but many churches refuse to speak about maxing out and the utilization of talents. We can only have so many preachers right? I think the church has done millennials and others a disservice when they act as if the greatest impact you can have in his the church building. Light does not need light, only darkness. Am I suggesting that we all leave the church? No. The majority? Not that either. Some talents are meant to vehemently thrive in that space and time, others are not. How effective could the gift of the word of knowledge be in a counseling setting? Or how effective could an evangelist be at a boys and girls club? Very. For some reason though many of the churches that we have grown up in are scared to touch on the topic of maxing out the talent and or gift that God has given you. The reason many people leave the church is not just because of church hurt but because they are not utilized! Paul tried so hard to preach to the Jews, but the path he was given was best utilized among the gentiles. Wisdom tells us the proper implementation of the gift that we are given and Proverbs declares that wisdom is crying in the streets. Why not the church? Could it be that we are so enamored with the pulpit that we can’t see the kingdom? Possibly. Maybe. Because it is without observation it must be seen through revelation and understanding.
Many churches may not know how to train some talents and gifts, but that’s what we serve an almighty God for. To whom much is given, much is required. We cannot afford to sit on the gifts and talents that God has given us just because it doesn’t look traditional. There are gifts of influence, management, and administration amongst many others. Please, and I beseech you before God, to find your talent and gift, cultivate it to mastery and then change the world. The captives cannot be free until you do.