Spiritual Leadership Principle: If you want to be an effective Christian and leader then you need to know the significance of your talents. This is because when a person puts into action the talent principle they will be moving toward their life purpose and potential. This happens when you find, develop, and use the talents God has given you.
People: The master and 3 servants.
Passage: Matthew 25
One time a man was going on a trip. Before leaving he brought together 3 of his servants and “entrusted” them with different amounts of talent (Money). He gave one servant 5 talents, another 2, and the last 1. The man gave the servants talents according to their “personal ability.” After leaving, two servants went to work to multiply what they had been given while the third hid the talents he was given.
“After a long time their master returned from his trip and called them to give an account of how they had used his money.”
One by one the servants brought the talents to the man. The two who faithfully multiplied the talents they had been given where rewarded for their hard work and where given even more talents. The servant who hid the talent he had been given was punished for not effectively using or multiplying it.
The man conclude by saying, “To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.”
A handful of things can be learned from this story and passage. The one I would like to talk more about is the importance maximizing the talents God has entrusted us with. This can be done when we find, develop, and use our personal talents.
God has given each of us different talents and it’s our responsibility to discover them. I have learned finding your talents is a process. It requires time and focus to fully find your talents. If you want to discover or fully know your talents I suggest these 3 action steps:
- Get advice- Ask a trusted friend or family member the talents they see in your life.
- Take a survey- Take strength or talents survey. I have found the Clifton Strength Finder is a great tool in finding your talents.
- Ask God- Ask and allow God to direct you toward your talents.
If you want to reach your potential then you need to develop your talents. This requires being teachable, disciplined, and being intentional in your growth. This is what the 2 faithful servants did with their talents. They went to work to multiply what they had been given.
Once you have found and are developing your talents then you need to start using them. To be faithful in the talents you have been given then you need to be using them in some capacity. It might include using them while at work, volunteering, or through a personal blog or website.
Question: How can you apply this principle into your life and leadership?