It’s surprising to learn just how many Christians are silent about their faith and feel that it’s not their calling to preach the gospel. And while it’s true that we aren’t all called to be preachers, we can’t ignore our own responsibilities. Every Christian has been given at least one talent, and one day we will each stand before Christ as He asks us what we did with that talent.
We know that all the disciples of Jesus were called by Him to preach the gospel to the Jewish nation first and then to the Gentiles, and yet we read about the teachings and experiences of some of them much more than we do of others. They were equally loved and valued by God, but He gave greater responsibilities—more talents—to some of them.
- And unto one He gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.—Matthew 25:15
Apostle Paul was given more “talents” than any of the other apostles, but that also meant that God expected more from him. His rewards in Heaven would be greater, but so would his responsibilities and challenges be greater here on earth. As the saying goes, “with much privilege comes much responsibility”.
- For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.—Luke 12:48
And it is a privilege to be called to do something for the Lord—to do anything for the Lord. We look at devoted and faithful preachers like Billy Graham and we say, “I could never do that.” And most of us couldn’t, but God knew Rev. Graham’s heart and He knew that He could trust him to do the job He gave him to do…to use the talents He gave him. Rev. Graham admits that he loved that God had called him to preach, but had no idea at that time of the extent of his calling. Yet, God gave him the ability to do it and he remains faithful.
We know of many other Godly men and women who spend their lives sharing the gospel and working in some area of the ministry for the Lord, and again we say that we could never do that. And most of us couldn’t because that may not be what God wants us to do. Some Christians feel that if they had the money or were famous then they could be like them, but that is a weak excuse for disobedience. Our mission is not to compare ourselves to anyone except to Jesus, and whatever He calls us to do should be an honor on our part to do it.
- I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.—Phil. 3:14
And God will give us the ability to do it! He will supply the needs we have and He will meet all the challenges that come against us because He wants the truth to get out there while there is still time. He wants people to turn away from their sinful life and come to Him. He loves us and doesn’t want anyone to face His wrath and be judged because of the sin that is found in them. He wants us to preach the gospel so people will turn away from their sin and follow Him. That’s why He came to earth and took our sins to the cross—so we wouldn’t have to endure the punishment for them ourselves.
However, many of us have no idea what God wants us to do and so we do nothing. We are comfortable just attending church services and staying separate from the rest of the world. Unfortunately, this doesn’t mean that we are being totally obedient to God. Jesus commissioned us all to preach the gospel, and because He loves us He’s not going to ask us to do anything that He won’t equip us to do. And inside each of us is a talent that needs to be used and we need to find it and do something with it.
- And He said unto them, ‘Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned’.—Mark 16:15-16
There is something that each of can do. Perhaps it’s to write Christian articles or blogs, or to sing or write music, or to simply be an outgoing encouragement to others. Possibly it’s to financially support a Christian ministry. Maybe it’s to open our home for prayer meetings or to be a prayer warrior! Maybe it’s to create artwork to share and inspire others, or maybe it’s to read stories to kindergarten children, or even to answer phones at a call-in ministry. Perhaps it’s to volunteer a few hours a week at an old age home or sick children’s hospital. Maybe it’s being a friendly, helpful neighbor who is always ready to give a helping hand and who brings joy and inspiration to those around him.
Regardless of what we think we can or cannot do, we have something in each of us that God has given to us so that we can share the love of God with others. We should never look at the size of the gift or even at our own abilities to utilize it because God will give us the ability and the strength to use it, to His glory.
When we come to God in prayer about this, some of us will be inspired by a great desire within that we can’t ignore. It may be something very small at first, but it will grow and become the fulfillment of God’s purpose for us when we are obedient and put that talent to work. And if we don’t have a clue as to what our talent or talents are, then we need to ask Him because God will answer our prayer.
- Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you: For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.—Matthew 7:7-8
Few of us will ever be notorious for what we do, but all of us will be blessed by God for using what He has given to us to help save the souls of others and to be a blessing to those around us. We should never get lazy or assume that God hasn’t got something very specific for us to do. We belong to Jesus, and the time to get out there and get souls saved will soon be gone. His spirit lives in us and the only way the people of the world will see God is through us! So let’s use our talents and show them Jesus!
- Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.—Matthew 5:16
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