A long time ago, a young Hebrew man named Daniel faced a challenge: should he use his wise and educated mind to serve the pagan king of Babylon as an advisor, or not? The job was not part of the Jewish religion, and actually would serve the interests of their captors, Babylon. But Daniel chose to use his gifts to engage his situation and exert influence for God. The use of our talents can be difficult, especially when cultural and religious concerns come into view. Still, the Parable of the Talents challenges us not to simply “sit on” our gifts, but to put them to good use. Does God ever want us to turn down opportunities to develop our talents? Is using our talents for God more about attitude, method, or results?
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