The Bible is full of talented people: Esau, the hunter; Bezalel and Oholiab, the artists; Deborah, the prophetess and stateswoman; David, the soldier, musician, and poet; Paul, the tentmaker; Luke, the physician; Jesus, the carpenter.
Paul points out, “There are various kinds of gifts, but the same Spirit… and the same Lord” (1 Corinthians 12:4-5 WEB). God encourages us to develop our talents, putting them to use in His service (1 Corinthians 12:27-31).
I thank God for my talents
Give thanks to the LORD with the lyre. Sing praises to him with the harp of ten strings. Sing to him a new song. Play skillfully with a shout of joy!
My talents are unique gifts from God that enrich my community
For even as we have many members in one body, and all the members don’t have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually members of one another, having gifts differing according to the grace that was given to us: if prophecy, let’s prophesy according to the proportion of our faith; or service, let’s give ourselves to service; or he who teaches, to his teaching; or he who exhorts, to his exhorting; he who gives, let him do it with generosity; he who rules, with diligence; he who shows mercy, with cheerfulness.
God expects me to use my resources to deliberately develop my talents
Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work, nor plan, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in Sheol, where you are going.
God has gifted me with talents to use in His service until He returns
For it is like a man going into another country, who called his own servants and entrusted his goods to them. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his own ability. Then he went on his journey. Now after a long time the lord of those servants came, and settled accounts with them. He who received the five talents came and brought another five talents, saying, “Lord, you delivered to me five talents. Behold, I have gained another five talents in addition to them.” His lord said to him, “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a few things, I will set you over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.”
God knows exactly who I am and what talents I have
Moses said to the children of Israel, “Behold, the LORD has called by name Bezalel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah. He has filled him with the Spirit of God, in wisdom, in understanding, in knowledge, and in all kinds of workmanship; and to make skillful works, to work in gold, in silver, in bronze, in cutting of stones for setting, and in carving of wood, to work in all kinds of skillful workmanship.”
Refusing to recognize my talents, develop them, and use them, is a sin
He also who had received the one talent came and said, “Lord, I knew you that you are a hard man, reaping where you didn’t sow, and gathering where you didn’t scatter. I was afraid, and went away and hid your talent in the earth. Behold, you have what is yours.” But his lord answered him, “You wicked and slothful servant. You knew that I reap where I didn’t sow, and gather where I didn’t scatter. Take away therefore the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents.”
Artistic skill is a talent from God
He has filled them with wisdom of heart to work all kinds of workmanship, of the engraver, of the skillful workman, and of the embroiderer, in blue, in purple, in scarlet, and in fine linen, and of the weaver, even of those who do any workmanship, and of those who make skillful works.
We are God’s handiwork, created with God-given abilities
For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared before that we would walk in them.
Developing my talents increases my influence
Do you see a man skilled in his work? He will serve kings. He won’t serve obscure men.
Everyone has special talents which should be used to serve others
As each has received a gift, employ it in serving one another, as good managers of the grace of God in its various forms.
God intends for me to develop and sharpen my talents
If the axe is blunt, and one doesn’t sharpen the edge, then he must use more strength; but skill brings success.
My talents come from God
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom can be no variation, nor turning shadow.