Ability and responsibility always go together.
God expects us to do what we’re able to do. With the ability he gives us, comes responsibility. The Master “gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey,” (Matthew 25:15).
In this “parable of the talents,” it is clear that the Master, by implication God, gives to everyone a certain amount of ability and expects his servants to use those God-given abilities to the best extent possible.
So, the ability God gives comes with a responsibility to do what we can do. Now, it is possible to give beyond ability, as in the case of the Macedonians in 2 Corinthians 8, but such is not required. What is required is that we understand how this pair goes together. Ability always implies responsibility.
Like Ron writes before me, I am not the best judge of my talents. When I have meditated on them, taking inventory as to what I can do best I find that I am mechanical and technologically orientated. However, those talents are not the best at serving the Lord. In the area of serving the Lord, I can do many and various things, but I am not the best but for a few. I like to communicate, encouraging and teaching others. I do have a gift of gab, which is probably what I am best at. I can pick on people in a humoreous way, that eases people. I do make a good Barnabas.
As to what I am best at – I do not know. I am not a good judge of what I consider to be my best talent. Though I believe in my ability to do certain things, I choose to look at my capabilities like this: There are things I think I can do well, but there are many things I wish I could do (or be) better at. There are many things I work hard at, and there are some things that I don’t work so hard at. I believe there are some things I do well, some not. More than not, I am always looking more at my failings and what I can do to make those failings something other than a failing.
This gets me to a point that I would like to make in athletics. An athlete might recognize that he or she is not the best at their sport of interest (or sports of interest), but this does not mean that modesty (humility) reigns. On the other hand (oth), there are athletes that feel they are the best at their particular sport, and this does not mean that modesty (humility) is lacking. A person must believe in his or her ability to be good at what they do. If one is a teacher, then let that teacher believe that she is very good at what she does. In saying this, it in no way suggests that improvements can’t be made, and it in no way suggests that others can’t help one along.
Stephen is very good at mathematics, Randal is very good at linguistics, Richard is very good at farming, etc. Me, oth, am very good with coffee and donuts!
Let each of us be a Barnabas.
Use my imagination? I think I left that ability behind after being employed by our local school district! 🙂 If the Lord wills, I’m going to be preaching Sunday, using Bro. Rubel Shelly’s good thoughts in this article: http://mbriley.preachersfiles.com/2009/12/13/seven-red-flag-signals-of-possible-apostasy/
What saying of Jesus resonates most? The one found in Luke 12:48-NKJV:
“For everyone to whom much is given, from him much will be required; and to whom much has been committed, of him they will ask the more.”
In addition to our spiritual blessings in Christ (Ephesians 1:3), Christians have been given a great responsibility (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15-116; cf. 2 Timothy 2:1-2; 2 Timothy 4:1-2). We’ve been entrusted with the gospel of Christ (1 Thessalonians 2:4; cf. 1 Timothy 6:20; 2 Timothy 1:8-14). What a responsibility that is!
We’ve also been given various abilities (Matthew 25:14-30) to carry out the above responsibility. We’ll be judged on how we used our abilities respective of the opportunities that came our way. Did we take advantage of every opportunity to preach and teach Christ to others, or did we miss a few?
Luke 12:48 makes us think inwardly, doesn’t it?
I’m including an article relative to the above Scripture: