Do you know what the word «talent» meant in Jesus’s days?
Jesus told the story of a rich man who, before setting off on a trip called his three employees and gave them money to invest and multiply.
One of them received five talents, which were equivalent to 440 pounds of silver; another received two talents, which were equivalent to 176 pounds of silver; and the third received one talent, which was equivalent to 88 pounds of silver.
When the rich man returned from his trip, he called the three men for them to render accounts.
The first two men had invested their money and multiplied it. But the third employee hadn’t invested it and so he only had one talent.
The rich man had it taken away from him because he hadn’t made good use of it and he gave it to the first employee.
In Jesus day’s a talent was a metal disk with a hole in the middle so the money’s weight could be measured.
That’s why Jesus used that word to tell the parable. And He added another meaning to the word “talent”: the special ability to make good use of what Jesus give us.
Think for a moment about something you know how to do very well.
Maybe it’s singing, writing, painting, reciting, cooking, playing an instrument…
We all have at least one special ability to do something. Who do you think have you that special ability?
Your talents belong to Jesus. He gives them to you so you can make the best use of them.
If you use them to help others, Jesus will give you many more, but if you don’t, you’ll lose them.
Do you know what your talents are?
Make a list of your talents in your Prayer Journal and share it with your family.