If you are struggling to find and fulfill your God-given purpose, the solution could be simple.
In fact, there is only one thing you truly need.
If you don’t do this one thing, it will make it increasingly more difficult to fulfill the call of God on your life.
What is that one thing?
Join me in Matthew 25:14-30, for the parable of the talents:
14 “For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. 15 To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16 He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. 17 So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. 18 But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. 19 Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I have made five talents more.’ 21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 22 And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here, I have made two talents more.’ 23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 24 He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours.’ 26 But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? 27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29 For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’”
God often speaks in parables, riddles, and metaphors in the Bible. That’s what makes even stories from 2000 years ago so relatable today.
The master in this story represents God.
The master (God) has given each of his servant’s talents in proportion to what HE thought they should have. That’s what God does for each of us. He gives according to His plan and purpose. What we do with what’s been given is up to us.
As tempting as it is to compare our gifts to others or give little value to what we’ve been given, Luke 16:10 hits home when it says, “One who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much, and one who is dishonest in a very little is also dishonest in much.”
Matthew 25 and Luke 16 are both saying the one thing that I/ you need to fulfill your God-given purpose. And that one thing is simple. It’s this:
Work with what you’ve got.
Yes, that’s it.
God is asking you to take what you’ve been given and do the best you can with it. Multiply your time and talents for the good of others and the glory of God and you WILL be fulfilling your purpose.
He’s not asking you to become the next Billy Graham or tomorrow’s TD Jakes.
He’s is asking you to work with what you’ve got with the people he’s placed in your life.
Oftentimes, while we’re waiting for the flashing neon signs and the grand moments, God is testing us to see if we will be faithful with what we’ve been given, no matter the size.
In this parable, what they started with wasn’t important. It’s what they did with what they had. The one who produced ten didn’t get any more praise than the one who produced four.
They both received their joy and their praise because they were fruitful and multiplied. They did what they could with what they had.
And as we step out and do what we can with what we’ve got, we get more: more revelation, more wisdom, more strategy, more clarity, and more opportunities.
Don’t do anything and what you have will be taken away.
My heart was to do big and mighty things for God and as I grew more discouraged in my journey he showed me what I had—a microphone and a message—and asked me this question: “What are you going to do with what I’ve given you?”
My friend, my prayer for you today is that you will step out using the time and talents God has given you.
Even God won’t steer a parked car.
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