My music career began in fourth grade when we were privileged enough to learn how to play the recorder. As a nine-year-old, I figured playing the recorder would be a life skill I would rely on throughout my lifetime. I mean, it had to have been pretty important in order for our music teacher to delegate all this time for us to learn to play “Hot Cross Buns”… right? Wrong. Fortunately for everyone else, I have not had to utilize my talent of, or rather my lack of talent, playing the recorder.
The truth is, playing instruments is not a God-given talent for me. I tried my best at playing the piano, but shortly I become frustrated and gave up. I also learned to play the clarinet in jr high. I didn’t get too far with that either…
Actually, there are a lot of things that are not God-given talents for me: sports of ANY kind, quilting, yodeling, race car driving, etc.
Rather God decided to give me weird talents: organizing items in alphabetical order in record time, organizing my room to be as efficient as possible, solving calculus equations, etc.
Despite the strangeness, I am able to use the talents God gave me for His kingdom.
In Matthew 25:14-30, the parable of the talents is given. This parable is pretty common so I won’t insult your intelligence by summarizing the entire parable. What I want you to focus on is how the last man took his talents and hid them.
Verse 18 tells us, “But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money.”
If you jump down to verse 26, the Lord calls the man a “wicked and lazy servant” for hiding those talents.
God was upset the man did not use his talents, or multiply them, so He took the man’s talents away.
This parable should serve as a lesson for us all.
We are called to do everything as unto God, and that includes using our random, unique abilities.
I sat in a split session at a BOTT PK conference. In that class, the speaker randomly asked us what our talents were. Some answered the typical “church” talents: singing, playing an instrument, preaching. However, it was those that gave uncommon answers that we discussed the most- those that were talented with children, administrative work, manual labor, etc.
The speaker then took each talent the audience gave and offered a way it could be used for His kingdom.
Are you good with your hands? Help with maintenance around the church property.
You know how to interact with kids? Help out in Sunday school.
You do well at organizing things? Offer to organize closets or drawers around the church, or offer your assistance with administrative work.
You have neat handwriting and can do calligraphy? Offer to help decorate for events or holidays.
You’re great at marketing, or you have the best IG flow? Volunteer to help your church’s social media
You’re adventurous and like to go to unique places? Help plan outings for the youth group.
I found a quote the other day that caught my attention:
“The things you are passionate about are not random, they are your calling.”
God was intentional when He created each and every one of us. Your unique interests and hobbies can be used for His glory. All it takes is a true desire and hunger to allow God to use all that you have for His purpose.
God needs YOU. When He created the Earth, He saw that His creation was good. Yet, He wasn’t pleased until He created man.
You are vital to His kingdom. Your unique abilities, personality, and situation will put you in positions to make disciples that others, including myself, would never have the opportunity to minister to.
Don’t shy away from the talents God has created you with.
We are the body of Christ (I Corinthians 12:12-31). Each person with their unique talents is needed for the gospel to reach the whole world.
For the gospel to reach every nation, it requires you and me to not be envious of another’s abilities. Which means I cannot become overwhelmed with envy when someone is elevated because they are using their talents for Him. I can’t sit on a pew during praise and worship and roll my eyes wondering why I can’t sing like she/he can, or why I can’t speak as eloquently as him/her.
Rather, we must thank God for the giftings we have. Then we must determine how we can turn and give those talents back to Him.
Our lives, our abilities, our giftings are all for His glory.
ABOUT THE BLOGGER: SEANNA NICKEL
Seanna Nickel is a “woman of faith” from the blissfully-Southern state of Arkansas. She is pursing a Bachelor’s of Arts degree in Human Services at Urshan College. When she is not consumed with work or school, Seanna can be found either napping or trying out new coffee shops in the St. Louis area. She is a total nerd who enjoys math, stars and the solar system, and Taco Bell.
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Huge thank you to Seanna for taking the time to write this article! She’s a very sweet gal with a big heart.