In the parable of the talents (Matthew 25:14-28), a master gives his servants different amounts of money to invest, according to their ability. When he returns, he finds one man has buried his money and two have invested it wisely.
This parable encourages us to make wise and effective use of the gifts and resources God gives each of us.
As a writer I need to:
1. Pray about my gift.
2. Use it: write!
3. Develop it: edit, rewrite, learn new skills, get constructive criticism!
4. Invest it: explore new ways to use it for the Lord.
The same is true for any ability or skill we have.
In Matthew 24, the man who hid his money in the ground didn’t understand the purpose, character and love of the master.
If you aren’t praying about your gift, using, developing, and investing it, don’t feel guilty…guilt isn’t a good motivator. Instead, ask for a deeper understanding of the purpose, character and love of your Master and Gift-giver.