Through our weaning, the fabric of us has been woven up to define our successes by what we’ve accomplished. We are raised to aim for success… and then we show off our success materially by acquiring possessions. We think these possessions define us. We think our purpose is to succeed… to possess. Basically, if/when we possess, “we’ve won”.
When we record these wins, we want them attributed to us. We want a title. We request that respect be put on our names. Because after all, we did it. Didn’t we? We went through it — spent time and money, used effort and hard work, made sacrifices, took risks and a few falls — just to get to the point of possessing. We want our title and you better not forget to give us credit.
What happens when you uncover that the life and success standard you’ve been living by is warped? What happens when you realise you’ve been living by man made standards and structures set in place by the enemy to get you to go through life “successfully” without accomplishing the specific thing you were put on this earth to do? — To give credit to God.
In meditating on God’s Word, and through the help of His Spirit, revelations flow and mysteries get uncovered — amongst other things; so that we can be unweaned from our warped-materialistic-possession-based training up and weaned back into His intended purpose for us. So that we can be renewed in our mind. So that we can be transformed in our spirit and — Give credit to God.
In God’s Word, Jesus teaches us through stories by speaking in parables. He speaks metaphorically.
The story of the talents — which is preceded by the story of the destruction of the temple and signs of the end times — is one of the continuing stories that Jesus tells about the Kingdom of Heaven.
He gives an illustration about talents: gold, investment, servitude, financial stewardship… being assigned in different portions to three different servants; what they each made of the talents assigned them; and the resulting outcome for each of them by virtue of how they yielded profit from these talents.
Matthew 25:14-30 AMP, MSG, NIV, NLT, TPT
I believe Jesus illustrates stories through parables because their true meanings are hidden from the plain reader or mind and are only revealed by The Holy Spirit.
“He said to them, “The mystery of the kingdom of God has been given to you [who have teachable hearts], but those who are outside [the unbelievers, the spiritually blind] get everything in parables, so that THEY WILL CONTINUALLY LOOK BUT NOT SEE, AND THEY WILL CONTINUALLY HEAR BUT NOT UNDERSTAND, OTHERWISE THEY MIGHT TURN [from their rejection of the truth] AND BE FORGIVEN.” — Mark 4:11-12 AMP
The more I come to know God, the more He teaches me about Him, the more He reveals His mysteries… and revealing, He is doing!
Back to our warped-materialistic-possession-based training up. With each passing day, I’m understanding more clearly that our talents are not what we think they are and aren’t for what we think they’re for… Let me try and “enabledly” explain.
• The talents Jesus refers to is the enablement — by His Spirit — for the mysteries of God’s Word to be revealed in us and through our lives.
• When we sew these talents — the mysteries revealed to us — into the lives of others through the evidence of our being transformed, when we share The Gospel, when it takes root in the hearts of others and causes them to see Jesus in us; that’s what Jesus is referring to concerning the two out of the three servants who were given talents and made profit off of these talents. Essentially, they made profits of the mysteries revealed. They won souls over for The Kingdom of God — They gave credit to God.
• Many of us are the third servant who did nothing with what He was given. Thankfully, God is more able than our shortcomings. More than able to bring us back into right standing with Him.
He is revealing mysteries in His Word to share the following:
The talent isn’t our profession.
The talent isn’t our possessions.
The talent isn’t our acquisitions.
The talent isn’t our successes.
The talent isn’t our reward.
The talent isn’t our gain.
The talent isn’t money or the love of it.
In our warped minds, we think talents should attract personal rewards and somehow this has led us to conclude that it justifies taking credit for ourselves — Instead of giving credit to God.
Which is what the enemy tried to do before he fell.
The mystery further revealed in here is:
THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN IS FOR THOSE WHO WON’T TAKE GOD’S CREDIT — HIS GLORY — AS THEIRS.
When we become unweaned from our warped mentalities and transformed in our minds, that’s when we can live definitively, fulfilling our true purpose, giving — ALL GLORY (CREDIT) TO GOD.
This is the true and only win in life and after life.
“And do not be conformed to this world [any longer with its superficial values and customs], but be transformed and progressively changed [as you mature spiritually] by the renewing of your mind [focusing on godly values and ethical attitudes], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His plan and purpose for you].”
Romans 12:2 AMP