In your day-to-day business life, you may feel unequipped for the tasks ahead. But, remember that hidden within you are “talents” you can put into practice to benefit and grow your business, as well as your personal life.
Make no mistake, God has equipped you for the journey ahead.
And, we are each entrusted with these talents from God because He wants us to USE them. It’s important to make the best possible use of the abilities and gifts we’ve been given. Therefore, invest in your gift; use what God has given you. He can multiply, many times over, the increase received from its use.
However, the opposite is also true. When we bury the investment He makes in us, we are choosing to ignore the opportunity He has given us to sow into the Kingdom. Nothing from nothing leaves nothing. If fear of what the future might bring is a distraction, remember that we have no reason to fear if we truly know our Master.
Obedience and accountability come into play here. We are all called to work for what we have been given, and we should be diligent to do so.
If you feel that your work is not very important, doesn’t really make a difference, or is just mundane, remember Who you are working for.
The One Who gives the increase.
The One Who has planned the journey.
The One Who knows your heart’s desires.
The One Who will reward us with the honor of, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”
When born anew in Christ, God calls us to put into practice the talents He has kindled in us for His purposes. God has made an investment in each of us. Here are 5 ways to use your God-given talents to increase the return on that investment.
What Does a Faithful Servant Look Like?
- Encourage others. It takes very little time to compliment or single out an employee for a job well done. When someone feels appreciated, they generally want to work harder to live up to the approval or commendation they’ve received. “Heaviness in the heart of man maketh it stoop: but a good word maketh it glad.” Proverbs 12:25
- Be forgiving. The office can be a chaotic place where feelings may be easily hurt or jealousy may rear its ugly head. But, as those who have been forgiven by God, we should seek peace with one another and pursue it mightily. Rarely, if ever, will the seeds of bitterness bear any good fruit. “Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.” Ephesians 4:31-32
- Be patient. The Bible says patience is a virtue. It allows people grace to learn and grow. As you can, be patient in training and educating those around you for the work of their hands. Let your expectations be realistic while setting goals that are achievable. “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” Colossians 3:12
- Offer assistance. We can all be overwhelmed at times with the amount of daily activities and duties we are required to perform. Whenever it is possible, offer a helping hand to someone in need. This can help complete a task or project more quickly and efficiently and may also increase the quality of the finished product. “Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.” Ecclesiastes 4:9
- Pray. This is one of the most significant ways to use the gifts of God. When we spend time praying for our coworkers, clients, friends and family, it takes the focus off of ourselves and brings God’s Holy Spirit power to bear in the lives of those around us. “Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7
When we utilize our God-given talents, He will surely bless His faithful servants by giving us the ability to enter into the joy of our Master… His Joy.
And what better payment and reward can we hope to receive than that?