As Stewards of Talents

by Hannah Roa

God knew everything about us before we even came into this world. We are made with purpose and are full of many God-given talents. As we think of ‘talents’ we think of how we excel in playing instruments, singing, painting, dancing, in sports or even how we excel in our jobs, organizing events, and the like. However, one of the meanings found in dictionary.com and in thefreedictionary.com is: – a power of mind or body considered as given to a person for use and improvement: so called from the parable in Matt. 25:14–30.

God has given us talents “for use and improvement.” As Peter writes, “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms” (1 Peter 4:10). For some, they have learned what talents God has given them and have placed them to good use, just like how Mother Teresa used her talent in giving humanitarian assistance and aid to those less fortunate. Because of this she was then canonized to become a saint. Wouldn’t you want to be a saint too or a half a saint? ☺

In the church community, these talents may be used in ministries that the church organizes. In some, talents may be in the form of Spiritual gifts, where we can use them through healing, writing, and other sort of spiritual gifts. Discern our talents by considering our occupation, our hobbies and interests, the needs of our community and our passions. In finding what we have been given and putting these talents to good use is one way to show our gratitude to God.

“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” – Ephesians 2:10 (NIV)

Just be open to what God will give to you.

As published in the September11 issue of the Parish Bulletin.

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