There is a little-known truth about buried talent that pastors really talk to youth about today in an attempt to make them feel good so they can retain them. 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.Matthew 25:26-30.
1-If you buried your talent it 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 will 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. If you have wrong perspective about yourself you will not be able to dare new thing. 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, the intimidating record of successful people around you will not venture into the unknown. It will take, people will real liver to venture.
3- A talent revealed ungratefulness- Some people erroneously believed that certain gift and talent are bigger and better than others. This is a pure fallacy. God gave to us according to varied ability. The man failed to invest his talent because he felt it was too small. Those 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 result, but 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 is not 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 the 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.
Supposing all you know about God is that He is merciful then you don’t know Him enough because He’s equally a consuming fire. Though your pastor didn’t tell you this before, I want you to 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 result 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 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 are 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 guy 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 sluggard to think. You cannot be greater than your thinking level. Any 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 to 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
You now know the severity of buried talent. So, go ahead and unearth them and be more productive with it.. The statement of Paul in 1 Corinthians 9:16 should always be your driving force on the importance of our talents, skill and gift.
• How do you feel if someone abuses the gift you presented to him?
• In what area do you think you’ve buried or under-utilized God’s talent in you?
• What practical steps would you take to revive and utilize your buried talent?
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Author: Joseph Akinrinola
Joseph Akinrinola is a Pastor, Sunday school management coach, author, blogger, and a motivational speaker.
Joseph created this blog to help young Christians establish their
feet in Christ, and to provide Biblical time-tested answers to life’s
questions about relationship, christian living and personal development.