Talents and Gifts

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The kingdom of Heaven will be as when a man goes on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property.
~ Matthew 25:14

The things that we have — our intellect, our wealth, our talents, our health, our families — we must not mistake as our fruits. They are NOT our fruits. These are our gifts. Our blessings from God. Property entrusted to us. We are mere stewards of these gifts.

Now after a long time, the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them.
~ Matthew 25:19

At the end of the day, we will face God, and He will ask us what we have done with the talents and gifts given to us.

What are we going to answer Him? Did we use His gifts for His kingdom, or have we buried them in the ground like the wicked servant?


Originally posted on Instagram.
Photo: JESHOOTS.COM, Unsplash / PD-US.

Noel Ethan Tan

Noel Ethan Tan

Noel is a Singaporean working as a rehabilitation counsellor at ACC(S) Psychiatric Rehabilitation Centre. He is currently doing a part-time Masters Program in Counselling and Guidance at NTU, Singapore. In his church ministry, Noel is currently serving in a young adults' Catholic community called Anawim that does Bible Exegesis. Noel is also pursuing a Certificate in Theology at the Catholic Theological Institute of Singapore. His favorite Bible verse is 1 Peter 3:15 — “In your hearts, reverence Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to make a defense to any who calls you to account for the hope that is in you, but do it with gentleness and reverence.”

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3 thoughts on “Talents and Gifts”

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    It is sometimes hard to see how to use a talent. I have an artistic gift – I can draw and paint. But it’s very hard to know how to turn this gift into a gift for God. I have prayed to see how best to use my gift. I give free workshops through my church, I make holy cards. But my greatest gift is to make intricate and beautiful drawings of Our Lady. However, they take up two or three weeks to make and I cannot make a living out of them and I can’t afford to do them for free. I will keep praying.

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      Thank you for your reflection. Have you showcased your artistic work online anywhere? Would love to view it! I have a friend who created http://www.happysaints.com/ and is able to make a living from his artwork [while his wife goes to regular work], by selling a variety of merchandise featuring it, on Zazzle.com. There are various Catholic artists selling their work through Instagram and Etsy too!

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