God will not reward you based on the talent you have or the talent you do not have, but He will reward you based upon what you did with what He gave you. I am not talking about works. We are saved by grace, not by anything that we have done.
I am talking about stewardship.
We tend to focus on the things we lack. We are envious of people who have talents we do not have.
What have you done with what God gave you? How hard have you worked with the talents you have?
I recently heard someone say “God must love ordinary people because he made so many of us.”
People tend to judge each other by the God-given talents we have or do not have, but God judges by a different measure. God gave us all that we have; there is no eternal value in the raw talents you have. The eternal value is in what we do with them. That is where God forges character and does His work in us.
People judge us by our accomplishments, but God judges us by a different measure. One person sows and another reaps. It is of no consequence to God whether you are the sower or the reaper. He is looking to reward the faithful servant.
Consider this: if you were born with two arms and two legs that work and a mind that is sharp, you are better off than many, many people in the world. If you were born in a family who loves and cares for you, you are better off than many people in the world. If you are born in a country where you are free to pursue your own goals, free from war and conflict, and are able to live comfortably, you are better off than millions of people in the world.
Even people with extraordinary talents do not accomplish extraordinary things without extraordinarily hard work. It is not what you have, but what you do with what you have that counts.
You might be tempted to say, “but I do not have the talent of this person or that person.” God looks for the same effort from the person with one talent as from the person with ten. The talent you have comes form God; the effort you give with those talents is your contribution. Do everything as if you were doing it in service to God, and He will be pleased with you regardless of the accomplishment or outcome.
Stewardship is not sexy. Stewardship is not exciting. Stewardship is putting one foot in front of the other foot, step by step, hour by hour, day by day, week by week, month by month. God rewards perseverance, persistence and patience.
We tend to focus on what we do not have, and then we fail to be grateful for what we do have. Faithful, joyful service comes from gratitude. Being a faithful steward of what God has given you is a response of gratitude to God. It is a response of gratitude for what God has given you. It is a desire to use what He has given you to please Him, to make something from what God has given you, whatever it is.
The acknowledgment and praise of people is not the primary motivation of the faithful steward. What drives the faithful steward is wanting to hear the words, “well done my good and faithful servant.”
For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 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.’ 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.’ 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.’ 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.’ 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, so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’ 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? 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. So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. 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. Matthew 25:14-29