Romans 11:29 For the gifts and callings of God are without repentance.

I would like to  recognize the concept of giftings and talents. Gifts and talents are given by the Lord undoubtedly to reflect His glory. We as humans sometimes get it twisted. We want to harbor gifts and talents to uplift man himself, as opposed to appreciating the talents of others. I cringe every time I hear about someone who has to fight for the rights of something that they created. People, sometimes unknowingly or knowingly take ideas, music, or the God given talent of others to either uplift or enrich themselves.

The Garden of Eden
Remember the serpent in the Garden of Eden? That snake, the Devil set out to trick Adam and Eve out of a very precious gift: authority. God gave Adam and Eve authority over the garden. They were to cultivate it. They were given permission to name the animals. They had the ability to walk with the Lord in the cool of the day. Unfortunately, the Devil tricked them out of it. People who are inspired by demonic principalities can be tempted to behave just like Satan himself. When we hold on to feelings of jealousy and envy, we exalt the Devil and his kingdom.

Spiritual Maturity
People who possess gifts and talents should know that they are given to them by God to lift up God’s kingdom. The world may not always appreciate the package that those gifts come through, but God does not make mistakes. We show spiritual maturity when we put away jealousy and envy. We are to honor God for the gifts and with the gifts because they come from The Creator.

Don’t Hide It
Many of us have gifts that we are tempted to hide because we don’t want to be criticized or robbed of them. This reminds me of the parable of the talents in Matthew 25:14-30. The man who received one talent, took it and buried it in the ground. He was supposed to take the talent to enrich the lives of others by sharing it, thus causing multiplication. That way when the master came back, he too could have been rewarded like the other men who received talents and multiplied them. The master called the one who buried the talent a wicked and evil servant. Think about that for a moment. How many of you are holding back on your gifts because you are afraid?

In short, we must remember:

1. Honor God with your talents and gifts.

2. Give honor to whom honor is due. Don’t harbor envy and jealousy.

3. Love the Lord your God with everything He gives you.

4. Love and try to understand people, even when there are misunderstandings. (This is not easy, but necessary for the uplifting of God’s kingdom)