Discarded Talent

Matthew 25:25… “And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth” (KJV).

I want to talk to you today very briefly about discarded talent. By discarded talent, I mean responsibility that you shunned, anointing power that remains unexpressed, or authority that remains unused. Discarded talent is like the curse of Meroz who refused to come to the help of the Lord’s anointed (Judges 5:23). Discarded talent is like the act of John Mark who refused to continue on with Paul and Barnabas into Asia and who turned back and went home (Acts 13:13). Discarded talent is like the act of Ephraim who “though armed with bows, turned back on the day of battle” (Psalm 78:9, NIV; see also verse 10).

In Exodus 4:1-3, the Lord told Moses after he did some doubting to cast his rod on the ground. He did, and the rod became a poisonous serpent. Moses retreated from it in fear. The truth is very strong here. God had called Moses to a specific work. God had given Moses the anointing to do it. If he refused and discarded the rod (authority and talent), it would become an ugly, despised, and a fearful thing. People who discard their talent, anointing, and authority live with that act all of their lives. There will always be a nagging fear in their conscience.

Most all of us owe our lives to someone who did not discard their talent. I owe my life to a man who brought me to Sunday school in 1938. I owe my life to a pastor who prayed for me every day during the World War II years. I praise the Lord, and thank Him, that these men did not discard their talent. Paul brought the gospel to Asia and Europe. Luther stood strong against those who kept the gospel enslaved and proclaimed that the gospel was free for all. Jesus did not discard the work the Father called Him to do. We live because He endured the cross and freed us from sin.

Many today have discarded their God-given talents and have reneged on their call which could bring life to others. Don’t throw down, or discard, your talent. It will become a fearful thing. Hebrews 11:1-40 speaks of men and women of faith who were faithful to the call of God on their lives.

Be faithful also. Be committed to what the Lord has called you to do.

Pastor George Belobaba

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