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Let Your Light Shine

God has given each of us many talents. No two people have the same talents. One may be a carpenter, one a tailor and one a good cook – but each of these talents is just as important as the other. God is no respector of persons, each of the gifts He gives us is valuable and can be used to His glory. To the one without a home, a carpenter is the answer. To the one without clothes, a tailor is the answer. And to the one without food, a cook is the answer.

Romans 12:4-8 says:

Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.

Wherever we are, in whatever situation, we should use the talents God has given us. And when people say job well done, we are to give God the glory.

In the Bible it says in Mathew 5:14-16:

Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.

Don’t hide your light. Let it shine. Don’t keep your talents hidden away. Use them. We’ve got to use our talents and through those talents we are able to glorify God.

Jesus told His disciples this parable about the kingdom of heaven in Matthew 25: 14-29:

Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his property to them. To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. The man who had received the five talents went at once and put his money to work and gained five more. So also, the one with the two talents gained two more. But the man who had received the one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.

After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. The man who had received the five talents brought the other five. `Master,’ he said, `you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have gained five more.’

His master replied, `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!’

The man with the two talents also came. `Master,’ he said, `you entrusted me with two talents; see, I have gained two more.’

His master replied, `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!’

Then the man who had received the one talent came. `Master,’ he said, `I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’

His master replied, `You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.

`Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents. For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.

If we look at these talents of money as the talents and gifts God has given us, if you take the talent God has given you and you use it, you do something with it, the talent will grow and multiply and God will give you more talents. But, if you just sit on the talent, it will disappear and it will die, until you have no talent left it is all taken away from you. It is like what your parents always said when you were little, “Practice makes perfect.” The more you practice, or use the talents God has given you, the more fruit you will see as a result.

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