How to get the best from your talents

And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men;(Colossians 3:23)
We all want to get the best from our efforts, but not all things help us do so. The best way to get all from your talents is to aim to please God. Yes I agree, we live in times where people make the things of God secondary in their list of things to do. With that said, when you look at how people think and behave, everyone wants to please their own “god”.
Any god you submit to you’ll want to please above all else, and as children of God we live to please Jesus Christ. Doing anything and everything with the intention to make Christ happy is what will bring the best of you.
Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.(Matthew 22:36-37)

We are commanded to love God with our all, hence when we do things for God or like we are doing it for God we will automatically bring out the best in us. This is why when the apostle instructed husbands and wives, they used the people’s acts or behaviour when they were doing it for the Lord. Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord.(Ephesians 5:22), Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it;(Ephesians 5:25).

Make God your inspiration and the reason you want to be successful, this is the only way you can get the best out of your talents and abilities.

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The mystery of talents

For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.(Matthew 25:14-15)

I want us to look into talents and hopefully my the grace of God we’ll be able to unveil some of the mysteries and misconceptions. As we all know, everybody on the earth has a talent or talents and some have more talents than others. And unto one he 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).

The fact that some have more talents than others has caused those with few to slack and not do anything because they feel insignificant since somebody else can do what their able to do, But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.(Matthew 25:18). This the primary reason why we have talented singers who don’t sing because they fear somebody who can sing and dance, may don’t use their talents because they fear to be outshined by “jacks of all trades” forgoing that jacks of all trades are often masters of none.

God is the giver of talents and he gives according to our ability, And unto one he 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). This truth is often used as the basis of the myth which says that those with less talents are the least but the truth is their are often the strongest. Talents are opportunities and God expects us to bring profit from the opportunities He gave us, since He wants are profit, it means that the one he gave a single talent is trusted more than the one with five. The one who has the smallest to start with is more capable than the one with much.

Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.(Matthew 25:24-25).

The one who had a single talent studied his master’s character but the others who had more did not. If you look around you’ll discover that who are good at one thing are very knowledgeable about it more than those who are good at many things. Those who have many talents have a difficult time making up their minds on which career to follow but those with one spend all their energy developing that skill and as a result their usually on top of that profession.

With that said, people with one talent often don’t reach there because like the servant with a single talent, they derive fear from their knowledge, hide their talents and come up with excuses for doing so. And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.(Matthew 25:25).

One of my younger sisters once stated that “if you have excuses you will be excused”. There is no valid excuse that God will accept as the reason you didn’t use the talent(s) He gave you. His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.( Matthew 25:26-27).

If you don’t have as many talents as your friends or siblings remember that God trusts you more and that your abilities can produce a hundred percent profit. You are more than capable to compete with the multi-talented.

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Men lie to save their conscience

And Peter answered unto her, Tell me whether ye sold the land for so much? And she said, Yea, for so much.(Acts 5:8)
Today we conclude this series of looking at why men lie, and we end by looking at a reason that is mainly responsible for “white” lies.
Why men lie

4. To save their conscience (to feel better)

But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?(Acts 5:3)

Ananias and Sapphira lied to the Holy Spirit. But if you read the story you’ll realise that the apostles didn’t ask anyone to bring any money, it was the people who decided to sell some of their properties and give the money to those who were in need. If that’s the case, Ananias should not have died because unlike his wife he didn’t lie to anyone. And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles’ feet. But Peter said, Ananias, why hath Satan filled thine heart to lie to the Holy Ghost, and to keep back part of the price of the land?(Act 5:2-3)

The reason why the act of Ananias qualify to be called a lie is because both him and his wife wanted to fit in to a particular class of people. He might have had a need for some of the money but that is not enough reason why he should act like it’s all of the money. It is possible that he did that because he didn’t want the apostles to be sad, he wanted the apostle to be happy with him, such reasons are why people tell “white” lies. If you truly love a person you will tell them the truth no matter what, because you want them to be free. And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.(John 8:32).

There is no reason on earth that will justify telling a lie. It is better to make someone sad or angry because you told the truth, the truth sets people free. People might be sad or angry because you told them the truth but eventually they will thank you for your honesty. The truth sets people free however, it can only help those who know it so tell the truth no matter how people may feel.

Then Peter said unto her, How is it that ye have agreed together to tempt the Spirit of the Lord? behold, the feet of them which have buried thy husband are at the door, and shall carry thee out.(Acts 5:9)

Apostle Peter says that Sapphira agreed with her husband to lie but when we look at the Scripture the one who actually told a lie is Sapphira. And it was about the space of three hours after, when his wife, not knowing what was done, came in.(Acts 5:7). When you defend or allow a lie to stand you are a part of the liars. Sapphira supported her husband’s actions just as is expected by modern society and stood by him till her death. And kept back part of the price, his wife also being privy to it, and brought a certain part, and laid it at the apostles’ feet.(Acts 5:2).

Ladies and gentlemen a good wife is not a woman who always agrees with her husband but she must help him. God created women as a perfect helper to men(males). And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.(Genesis 2:18). Never allow a position, relationship or marriage to make you compromise your principles. Always stand for the truth.

In conclusion, in the begining of the series I pointed out that you can lie by words and actions. Ananias and Sapphira lied using both these things, Ananias lied by pretending and Sapphira told a lie and both of them paid dearly for it because they lied to the Holy Spirit. There are two people you should never ever lie to, God and yourself. Many of you haven’t been truthful to yourselves in a long time because you don’t want to lose something or someone. Whatever it may be it’s not as important as your liberty. Be honest with yourself and you’ll always be free. And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.(John 8:32).

Use the word of God to search, examine and deliver yourself from any lie that you told yourself or somebody else made you believe. Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves. Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ is in you, except ye be reprobates?(2 Corinthians 13:5).

Men lie to kill

And they began to accuse him, saying, We found this fellow perverting the nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Caesar, saying that he himself is Christ a King.(Luke 23:2)
Why men lie

5. to kill

Many of us think of killing only as murder, but the truth is many things can be killed and some things can only be killed by words.

The trust that Joseph’s master had for Joseph was killed the moment he believed that Joseph wanted to rape his wife. The reputation of Elisha was killed the moment Gehazi told Naaman that Elisha changed his mind about the gifts. Adam’s relationship with God was killed the moment he took the snake’s advice. And it came to pass, when his master heard the words of his wife, which she spake unto him, saying, After this manner did thy servant to me; that his wrath was kindled.(Genesis 39:19).So Gehazi followed after Naaman. And when Naaman saw him running after him, he lighted down from the chariot to meet him, and said, Is all well? And he said, All is well. My master hath sent me, saying, Behold, even now there be come to me from mount Ephraim two young men of the sons of the prophets: give them, I pray thee, a talent of silver, and two changes of garments.(2 Kings 5:21-22). And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.(Genesis 3:4 l-5).

Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.(John 8:44).

The Bible in the book of John says that the devil was a murder from the beginning and didn’t stay in the truth, so basically anyone who can lie is capable of murder. As I said earlier killing doesn’t only mean to take a life. Many people have never taken a knife or gun and killed a person but they have killed people’s dreams and reputations. Some have spread rumours that tarnished the image of another person and that person has never recovered, that’s a prime example of using lies to kill.

Ladies and gentlemen never think you can take back what you’ve said or the impact of your words by saying “I withdraw my statement,” because words are like the rain, once it falls down it can never go back up. Never say anything that you don’t mean about another person because you might ruin the person’s life and end up regretting your words.

The Romans never wanted to crucify Jesus Christ but because the Jews kept on telling lie upon lie and topped them up with witnesses the Romans ended up giving in. Said unto them, Ye have brought this man unto me, as one that perverteth the people: and, behold, I, having examined him before you, have found no fault in this man touching those things whereof ye accuse him:(Luke 23:14), And they began to accuse him, saying, We found this fellow perverting the nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Caesar, saying that he himself is Christ a King.(Luke 23:2).

Never spread false news about another person and never speak evil about your brother because your words might deny them an opportunity of a lifetime which can’t be brought back by an apology. Make it a point to always act in love and display the love of Christ to everyone you meet irrespective of what they have done to you. Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;(Matthew 5:43-44)

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Men lie to kill

And they began to accuse him, saying, We found this fellow perverting the nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Caesar, saying that he himself is Christ a King.(Luke 23:2)
Why men lie

5. to kill

Many of us think of killing only as murder, but the truth is many things can be killed and some things can only be killed by words.

The trust that Joseph’s master had for Joseph was killed the moment he believed that Joseph wanted to rape his wife. The reputation of Elisha was killed the moment Gehazi told Naaman that Elisha changed his mind about the gifts. Adam’s relationship with God was killed the moment he took the snake’s advice. And it came to pass, when his master heard the words of his wife, which she spake unto him, saying, After this manner did thy servant to me; that his wrath was kindled.(Genesis 39:19).So Gehazi followed after Naaman. And when Naaman saw him running after him, he lighted down from the chariot to meet him, and said, Is all well? And he said, All is well. My master hath sent me, saying, Behold, even now there be come to me from mount Ephraim two young men of the sons of the prophets: give them, I pray thee, a talent of silver, and two changes of garments.(2 Kings 5:21-22). And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.(Genesis 3:4 l-5).

Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.(John 8:44).

The Bible in the book of John says that the devil was a murder from the beginning and didn’t stay in the truth, so basically anyone who can lie is capable of murder. As I said earlier killing doesn’t only mean to take a life. Many people have never taken a knife or gun and killed a person but they have killed people’s dreams and reputations. Some have spread rumours that tarnished the image of another person and that person has never recovered, that’s a prime example of using lies to kill.

Ladies and gentlemen never think you can take back what you’ve said or the impact of your words by saying “I withdraw my statement,” because words are like the rain, once it falls down it can never go back up. Never say anything that you don’t mean about another person because you might ruin the person’s life and end up regretting your words.

The Romans never wanted to crucify Jesus Christ but because the Jews kept on telling lie upon lie and topped them up with witnesses the Romans ended up giving in. Said unto them, Ye have brought this man unto me, as one that perverteth the people: and, behold, I, having examined him before you, have found no fault in this man touching those things whereof ye accuse him:(Luke 23:14), And they began to accuse him, saying, We found this fellow perverting the nation, and forbidding to give tribute to Caesar, saying that he himself is Christ a King.(Luke 23:2).

Never spread false news about another person and never speak evil about your brother because your words might deny them an opportunity of a lifetime which can’t be brought back by an apology. Make it a point to always act in love and display the love of Christ to everyone you meet irrespective of what they have done to you. Ye have heard that it hath been said, Thou shalt love thy neighbour, and hate thine enemy. But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;(Matthew 5:43-44)

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Men lie to deceive

He feedeth on ashes:
a deceived heart hath turned him aside,
that he cannot deliver his soul, nor say,
Is there not a lie in my right hand?(Isaiah 44:20)

Last time we saw that men lie to get what does belong to them and the way to avoid this is to be content.

Why men lie

4. To deceive

All lies lead to deception. No matter the reason a person tells a lie, it’s power is in it’s ability to deceive.

The reason why people deceive other people is so that they can keep the truth from people, make them to see a lie as the truth and they won’t be able to tell the difference. On last week’s teaching I shared with us that the devil’s best tool is lying and he’s so good at using it that he fathers them, Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.(John 8:44). The reason he uses lies a lot is because they give him the ability to present them as the truth,this is why there are many theories that try to “prove” that there is no God, heaven or hell. To the chief Musician upon Mahalath, Maschil, A Psalm of David. The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God. Corrupt are they, and have done abominable iniquity:there is none that doeth good.(Psalms 53:1).

And she laid up his garment by her, until his lord came home. And she spake unto him according to these words, saying, The Hebrew servant, which thou hast brought unto us, came in unto me to mock me: And it came to pass, as I lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his garment with me, and fled out. And it came to pass, when his master heard the words of his wife, which she spake unto him, saying, After this manner did thy servant to me; that his wrath was kindled.(Genesis 39:16-19)

Joseph needed up in prison because his master’s wife succeeded in deceiving her husband and as a result he was angry at Joseph. And it came to pass, when his master heard the words of his wife, which she spake unto him, saying, After this manner did thy servant to me; that his wrath was kindled.(Genesis 39:19). How many people are you angry with because of a lie that deceived you? You didn’t even want to hear their side of the story because you so believed a lie to the point that you didn’t want to hear anything else. The Bible advises us to hear both sides of the story before making a decision, He that answereth a matter before he heareth it, it is folly and shame unto him.(Proverbs 18:13).

Some of you hate your father or mother because of something you heard about them, you didn’t bother praying or asking them directly but believed the words of your so-called “trusted source”. Ladies and gentlemen anyone that stears up hatred in you is a deceiver and should not be apart of your life, a good friend with tell what people say about you whether good or bad but that friend will make you that you don’t develop hate because of it. A good friend never turns you against another.

Ladies and gentlemen let us learn to seek out the truth because the truth is what will deliver us. And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.(John 8:32)

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Men lie to get what does not belong to them

But Gehazi, the servant of Elisha the man of God, said, Behold, my master hath spared Naaman this Syrian, in not receiving at his hands that which he brought: but, as the Lord liveth, I will run after him, and take somewhat of him.(2 Kings 5:20)

In the past few weeks we have been looking at reasons why people lie, and she saw that no matter the reason for lying it always backfires.

Why men lie

3. Men lie for get what does not belong to them

Now let’s look at another reason why people lie, which is lying to get what is not yours. Lying has been the tool of choice for those who want to gain by using underhanded tactics,it’s the tool that was used to trick Adam and Eve. And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.(Genesis 3:4 l-5).

The devil has used the tool called lies that the Bible recognises him as their father. Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar, and the father of it.(John 8:44). The reason why the world is against God and righteousness is because the devil has spread lies and has succeeded in convincing men that they ate totally dependent and their actions are without repercussions. Knowing this first, that there shall come in the last days scoffers, walking after their own lusts, And saying, Where is the promise of his coming? for since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of the creation.(2 Peter 3:3-4). He does all this because he wants you to be with him in his eternal in hell.

Gehazi also wanted to get what wasn’t his in the first place just like most. He wanted Naman’s gifts and my question to you is what do you want to get/steal by lying? Gehazi sort for treasures that were not ment for him and ended up with an infirmity. The leprosy therefore of Naaman shall cleave unto thee, and unto thy seed for ever. And he went out from his presence a leper as white as snow.(2 Kings 5:27). If you have to lie in order to get it then let it go, because your soul is more important than any treasure of this world. For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?(Matthew 16:26).

Before I conclude, I want to highlight something to you. Elisha was not poor and Gehazi didn’t not need Naaman’s gifts because Elisha was more than capable of taking care of him and probably wouldn’t feel burdened. So he departed thence, and found Elisha the son of Shaphat, who was plowing with twelve yoke of oxen before him, and he with the twelfth: and Elijah passed by him, and cast his mantle upon him.(1 Kings 19:19).

It’s usually those who already have much that go out of their way to obtain more. Many of those who sleep with rich men because of money are not from poor families but because they aren’t satisfied they end up going an extra mile. Many while-collar criminals were already rich but because of greed they got themselves into a life of crime. It’s highly important to learn to be content, because if you don’t you’ll end up being swept by greed.

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