A man of noble birth went to a distant country to have himself appointed king and then to return. 13 So he called ten of his servants and gave them ten minas.[a] ‘Put this money to work,’ he said, ‘until I come back.’ 14 “But his subjects hated him and sent a delegation after him to say, ‘We don’t want this man to be our king.’ 15 “He was made king, however, and returned home. Then he sent for the servants to whom he had given the money, in order to find out what they had gained with it. 16 “The first one came and said, ‘Sir, your mina has earned ten more.’ 17 “‘Well done, my good servant!’ his master replied. ‘Because you have been trustworthy in a very small matter, take charge of ten cities.’ 18 “The second came and said, ‘Sir, your mina has earned five more.’ 19 “His master answered, ‘You take charge of five cities.’ 20 “Then another servant came and said, ‘Sir, here is your mina; I have kept it laid away in a piece of cloth. 21 I was afraid of you, because you are a hard man. You take out what you did not put in and reap what you did not sow.’ 22 “His master replied, ‘I will judge you by your own words, you wicked servant! You knew, did you, that I am a hard man, taking out what I did not put in, and reaping what I did not sow? 23 Why then didn’t you put my money on deposit, so that when I came back, I could have collected it with interest?’ 24 “Then he said to those standing by, ‘Take his mina away from him and give it to the one who has ten minas.’ 25 “‘Sir,’ they said, ‘he already has ten!’
26 “He replied, ‘I tell you that to everyone who has, more will be given, but as for the one who has nothing, even what they have will be taken away. 27 But those enemies of mine who did not want me to be king over them—bring them here and kill them in front of me.’
— Luke 19:12-27 NIV

In this parable, Jesus tell us a story of gold being given to three servants. Their master has entrusted them with varying amounts. In this story, two of the servants come back with more mina than they left with and one comes back with the same amount he left with. The meaning of this parable goes far past the point of finances. It is not about the amount of money that you earn or start with - but rather the unique talents that we have. Each servant was different. They had different skills, talents, and abilities that carried over into the amounts they received. Since they each operate in a different manner they also came back with different amounts. The servant who came back with the same amount he left with did not do so because he couldn’t get more money if he tried - but because he chose to stow it away and save it rather than risk coming back to the master with nothing. 

you don't have to play it safe

There is not one person who is exactly the same as us. They may also have brown hair. They may also have a deep obsession with Tom Brady and the patriots. But they are not you. Each of you were knit together in your mother’s womb by the creator of this universe. He created you. He created you with different abilities, characteristics, talents, strengths and weaknesses. He created you to be you—not the person next to you.  The master gave each according to their abilities. Their master knew what their capabilities were just as God knows each of us. None of the servants came back with the same amount as the others but they came back with enough for the masters. What is enough? Enough is walking into the unknown and choosing to trust that you were created by God. You weren't made to keep all or any of your talents or abilities on a shelf in the back of your closet. You have the freedom to walk in each of these today. The master wasn’t just well pleased when their servants came back with more in quantity. The master was well pleased when the servants chose to take their talents and abilities off the back of the shelf and use them. He was well pleased when they didn't play it safe. 

you can use your talents now

Who you are is important. Who you are actually matters to the Kingdom. Be you—be who He created you to be. You don't have to hide your passion for underprivileged kids or your love for chemistry or your interest in nature on the highest shelf in your closet. You weren’t made to live in hiding. He died on the cross so you could have freedom. He's already won the fight for you. You are free. Free to be exactly who you were created to be. That is something you celebrate. When you use your abilities to advance the Kingdom you are honoring God. You honor God by walking in the identity He has given you. You don't have to wait until next year when you are out of the dorms or when you are older. You can walk in your talents now. With God, you are in the safest environment to fail. Just like the parable, He was proud with what they brought back to him—not because of the quantity but because they trusted who God had made them to be. 

pray

God, I just thank you for every person reading this blog. That you created them differently. That no matter how many similarities me and my best friend have that I am still unique to you. I ask that this week you would continue to instill boldness and confidence to walk out of hiding and to walk in the freedom that you have given us. That we would find the activities, hobbies, and strengths we have and walk hand in hand with you through it all. 

- Ashley Gibson