What’s Your Talent?

January 26, 2021 at 1:12 PM 11 comments

We’ll be back with more about The Ashtar Command and future events. This article is important to me because it is a bit of an epiphany that may also help you.

For years, I’ve thought that God was going to direct me into the pastorate. Because of that belief, I often tried to push myself in that direction. It never really worked out.

After I became a Christian, it simply seemed natural that God would use me in the pastorate so I tried to prepare for that. Over the years, I have been a youth director/pastor, associate pastor, teacher and author. What I find interesting is that the idea of being a pastor of a church (and all that it entails), is a bit unnerving to me. In fact, the idea causes me to blanche and withdraw from it. I originally thought I was simply not trusting God at all. However, now in my 60’s I realize that was not the case. If God had wanted me to be in the pastorate, I fully believe that would have happened and it wasn’t for my lack of trying.

Yet, during most of these years, I’ve felt a bit guilty for not being in the pastorate, as though there’s been something in me that kept that from happening. Did I not want to follow His leading there?

No, that’s not been it because I truly believe had God wanted me to go into the pastorate, He would have clearly opened those doors. He did not. I never saw doors open that I should walk through. It simply didn’t happen, but why the continual pull for the pastorate?

What God did do instead was to create within me a desire to teach and to write. It’s been a very natural outflow from me. I never had to really work at it.

Over the years, in spite of the fact that I’ve not been in the pastorate officially, I’ve almost always taught adult Sunday school classes at whatever church we’ve attended without exception. God always opened those doors without effort on my part. It’s been pretty amazing to look back and see.

I enjoy teaching. I like to impart knowledge and the very act of preparing for teaching keeps me in the Word and helps me research to continue to understand the subjects found in God’s Word.

So what is the epiphany?

In Exodus 31, we read about a situation where God tells Moses that He (God), has specifically prepared “Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah,” with certain abilities. It seems clear enough that Bezaleel played no part in it except to be the receptacle for the abilities that God simply bestowed upon him (v 3 below).

2 See, I have called by name Bezaleel the son of Uri, the son of Hur, of the tribe of Judah:

And I have filled him with the spirit of God, in wisdom, and in understanding, and in knowledge, and in all manner of workmanship,

4 To devise cunning works, to work in gold, and in silver, and in brass,

5 And in cutting of stones, to set them, and in carving of timber, to work in all manner of workmanship.

6 And I, behold, I have given with him Aholiab, the son of Ahisamach, of the tribe of Dan: and in the hearts of all that are wise hearted I have put wisdom, that they may make all that I have commanded thee; (Exodus 31:2-6 KJV; emphasis added)

God simply chose Bezaleel and gifted him to be able to do certain things so that aspects of God’s Tabernacle revealed to Moses could be built. Is that amazing or what?

So Bezaleel became a superb craftsman, along with Aholiab and a few others. Why did God do this? Obviously, it was so that the items needed for the Tabernacle could be created to the specifications God told Moses about.

Hold that thought for a moment and head on over to Matthew 25:14-30, where Jesus teaches a parable on the “talents.” In this parable, the landowner goes on a journey and entrusts three of his servants with “talents” (money). The first he gives five, the second he gives two and the third he gives one. Their job was to make a return on the master’s investment (talent).

Hopefully you know the story, but for those who do not, the one who received five talents doubled it to ten. The one who had two doubled that to four. Finally, there’s the servant who had only one talent and buried it so that it wouldn’t be stolen. Because he didn’t even think to put it into the bank where it would earn interest and therefore, grow, the master was angry with that servant. The master had given him a talent and he acted as though he had nothing.

So, here is my epiphany and Satan does this to many of God’s children to keep them from fully appreciating what God has given them to use for His glory. It simply dawned on me recently that God had not given me “five” talents. Maybe He had only given me two or even one.

The question is what was I doing with that talent? Obviously, I was using it, but at the same time, I was thinking that I was not doing all that God wanted me to do so I wasn’t really appreciating the talent that God had given me because I was distracted by what I thought God wanted me to do.

Here’s what I mean. For years, even though I have been faithfully using my gift(s), I thought I failed God somehow by not going into the official pastorate. Yet, now I realize that this was not necessarily part of the “talents” that God gave me. He has given me the ability to teach and to write. Many have told me that the way I teach makes it very easy for them to follow and understand. He has not called me into the pastorate and I’m fine with that whereas before, I always thought I was coming up short even though I was always using the gifts of teaching and writing.

This would be like Bezaleel being extremely gifted as a craftsman, but always thinking that he should be doing what Moses was doing, and then not being content with being a wonderful craftsman! But God had not gifted Bezaleel to do what Moses did. God had gifted Bezaleel the specific gifts he needed to beautifully create the needed items for the Tabernacle!

Was Bezaleel’s job needed? Was it important? Yes, to both! Without God having gifted Bezaleel and a few others with the ability to create what God designed, the Tabernacle would not have been built! While they did not share in the importance of Moses’ job, their job was, nonetheless, also very important.

Ephesians 4:7, 11-13 tells us in no uncertain terms the following:

7 But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ…

11 And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ;

What this says is that every believer has been given some type of gift to be used for the purpose of edifying and equipping the saints and for God’s glory. It’ll be like that until we reach eternity, where our knowledge of our faith will be completely unified and perfected by God Himself and we will no longer need anyone to teach us or pastor us. Christ Himself will be our Teacher and Shepherd.

This means that EVERY Christian has some gift(s). Since it is clear to me that I have the gift of teaching, then I should absolutely use that to serve God. In fact, I’d better use it for that purpose. I can and have also preached, but that is not my main gift or calling, though teaching and preaching are certainly related.

Will God ever use me to be a full-time pastor? I doubt it because I don’t believe I have the particular gift needed and just because I have filled the pulpit does not mean that I am qualified to be an actual pastor of a particular flock of believers. That is a huge responsibility and requires God gifting each man for that purpose.

So, my main point is that after all these years, I am free to simply be a teacher and a writer. I can explain things and make them understandable to myself and others. I do not have to worry about whether or not God called me into the pastorate (He hasn’t). I am totally responsible to understand my gift(s) and to use that gift for God’s service.

This may seem so simple to understand and it really is but it is amazing how the enemy likes to keep us off kilter and confused about certain things. Each Christian has at least one gift and that gift should be used to bring glory to God and edify the saints. I recall my sister had a tremendous gift of hospitality. That is an extremely important gift to have and not everyone can do what she did.

Learn what your gift is and do not fail to use it. If God gives you a gift (which He will), He will also open doors to avenues to use the gifts He gives you.

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  • 1. Eric  |  January 31, 2021 at 12:57 PM

    Thank you for the article, Dr. DeRuvo. COVID laden or not, a vital reminder of Luke 12:48 for believers to continue onward in spite of the overwhelming darkness in the world. Whatever the case or cause, all to His glory!

    https://www.gotquestions.org/much-given-required.html

    Thank you again. God bless you.

    — Eric

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    • 2. modres  |  January 31, 2021 at 1:09 PM

      Thx very much, Eric.

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  • 3. Lynn Holzinger  |  January 27, 2021 at 12:46 AM

    Thank you, Modres, for this article. I’ve never seemed to get a handle on if I’m doing enough or not. I think much of the teaching out there is designed to make people feel guilty for not pursuing their “God-given dream.” They say, God has given everyone a dream. And you must discover it and then act on it. If you aren’t aware of a dream God has given you, you may need to get free first, and then you will be able to realize what it is and pursue the dream God has put in your heart. And make sure to take risks in faith, and see God show up. God always honors your acting in faith for the dream He has given you. If you aren’t acting in faith, then God will not bless you. Mark Batterson and Brian Fennimore are two teachers that come to mind.

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    • 4. modres  |  January 27, 2021 at 8:05 AM

      I’m glad the article helped as it helped me.

      Bezaleel did not “dream” anything. He was simply gifted with tremendous God-given ability to do what he would otherwise not have been able to do. Then, he did it for God’s glory.

      Moses did not have a dream for God. He was totally unaware that God was going to use him as He did.

      Paul THOUGHT he was doing God’s will in his pursuit of Jewish Christians until Jesus got hold of him on the road to Damascus and changed his thinking.

      God does not give us “dreams” as you know. He gives gifts and directs our steps so that we can use those gifts for His glory. My problem – like you – has always been in thinking that I wasn’t doing enough. That’s a thinking that Datan loves to weigh us down with but the truth is that even if we only have “one talent” but use it for His glory then we are doing “enough.”

      I’ve not heard of those two guys but I’m interested in looking them up. Thx Lynn.

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  • 5. Jen B  |  January 26, 2021 at 9:55 PM

    Dear Modres, God has used you been using you greatly to edify, warn, instruct and encourage the flock through this blog. Our LORD Jesus told Peter to tend His lambs and feed His sheep. There are very few pastors in the “system” these days who teach the Word faithfully. It seems true believers are getting driven out of the organized church system in great numbers, both through covid as well as through the departure of the organized church from the Word of God and the preaching of the true Gospel. At a time when many of us sheep are isolated and faithful pastor-teachers are hard to find, God blessed us with you digitally. For this I am grateful. You and your wife, and your chickens and other pets are in my prayers.

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    • 6. modres  |  January 27, 2021 at 7:46 AM

      Thank you so much for your encouraging words, Jen. I truly appreciate them. I’d agree that between CV and an apparent lack of expository preaching from too many pulpits, people are left wanting. I’ve decided that if this is the venue God has given me then I’ll use it for all it’s worth for His glory. Thanks again.

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  • 7. LW  |  January 26, 2021 at 2:18 PM

    In the Ephesians 4:11-14 passage I was always under the impression (after careful study), that “pastors and teachers” meant “pastor-teacher;” meaning the two go hand in hand. They are not necessarily divided but viewed as one gift together 🙂

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    • 8. modres  |  January 26, 2021 at 5:46 PM

      Hi LW,

      Yes, in the original Greek construction, it is actually pastor-teacher, not two separate gifts for two different people. I should have used other portions of Scripture like Romans 12:6-8 and 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; 28. In the context of Paul’s comments to the Ephesians, I believe like you he is referring to the pastor-teacher, since the pastor’s main job is to instruct and edify. Though of course, that is not the only aspect of being a pastor over a local flock.

      Romans 12:6-8 is probably more applicable to me than the Ephesians passage:

      “6 Having gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let us use them: if prophecy, in proportion to our faith; 7 if service, in our serving; the one who teaches, in his teaching; 8 the one who exhorts, in his exhortation; the one who contributes, in generosity; the one who leads,6 with zeal; the one who does acts of mercy, with cheerfulness.”

      Here in Romans, Paul does not seem to be referring to teaching as associated with pastoral ministry or else all the listed gifts would then also be applied to only pastoral ministry. I think his point is that all Christians have specific gifts which are to be used for the edification of the Body.

      I appreciate you pointing that out. Thanks very much. In my haste, I should have been more accurate.

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      • 9. Lw  |  January 26, 2021 at 6:12 PM

        I hope you took it in a spirit of honest curiosity and learning. I do enjoy your posts and learn much; they cause me to look to the scriptures which is a good thing. I appreciate your gift for teaching.

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      • 10. modres  |  January 26, 2021 at 6:49 PM

        Absolutely! Your comments were welcome. It reminds me to take more time with each article. 🙂

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  • 11. Maranatha Today  |  January 26, 2021 at 1:43 PM

    Thanks Modres, very encouraging.

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