“Thou oughtest then to have put my money to the money-changers, and when I came I should have got what is mine with interest.” – Matthew 25:27 [DARBY]
These were the last words of the Master to the unfaithful servant in the parable of the talents.
BUT DO WE ALL HAVE TALENTS??
The bible says that when Christ ascended on high, He bestowed gifts on men (Eph. 4:8). This is not for some, but for men; all men. Even the laziest servant was given one. Every servant had a number of talents. These talents represent opportunities we have for us to use our abilities. Each and everyone have been assigned our ministries according to the abilities and gifts God has given us.
Our frame was moulded by the Great craftsman and we certainly sparkle the gifts that come down from the Father of lights (James 1:17). We are all lights and have that glow. The only question is “Are we using our rays? ”
Who are these “money changers” and what’s their role or essence in this transaction (in the use of our abilities, potentials and gifts)?
WHO ARE THEY?
Money changers are people who change a currency from one unit to another and make a profit as a result. In today’s setting we see them often at work when we want to change an amount of money from big units to lesser ones or from one denomination to another and vice versa. They may change $100 or ¢100. Occasionally, this transaction may end up as a loss for the client where the client may invest 100 and get 95 back, but it often ends up as a profit for both parties.
They are the Pastors, Music directors, life coaches, investors, entrepreneurs, and evangelists.
God, out of His infinite mercy, placed the money changers for this holy purpose; of converting gifts, talents and abilities we are not using to the benefit of others.
HOW TO TRADE WITH THE MONEY CHANGERS?
God’s gifts and callings for us are irrevocable (Rom 11:29). But in case you are genuinely not able to use these gifts you know are God-given, you must trade it with the money changers or else they’ll stand against you in judgment.
The key to ‘trading with the money changers’ is by “investing in others” and you do this by consulting these money changers who know the stock market best.
A money changer can help you convert your talent into a ready and useable form for the benefit of others without losing your value by connecting you to someone you can mentor or disciple.
The Musical Director can help you train others to be better singers. The Teacher or pastor can convert your fervency for prayer and Bible Study by helping you bring new converts to maturity. The Evangelist can convert the wealth you invest into a harvest of souls, and so on.
Whatever our talent is, there is a money changer we can trade with.
In the end, we may not be on stage and be directly ministering according to our talents, but we will still be doing same with many different bodies altogether. The currency and denomination of our monies will change but the value only increases when we trade with the money changers.
HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOU’RE TRADING OR YOU’VE ALREADY TRADED WITH THESE MONEY CHANGERS?
Someway somehow, we’ll all mentor people. Discipleship is all that ministry is about. In case we don’t want to invest with the money changers and really want to use these talents, what are the signs to guard against?
If you’re a writer and you realize you’ve started proofreading, editing and writing for others at the expense of writing by thy own name, then know for thy self that thou art trading with the money changers
Dear singer, when you stop leading and start backing or featuring in someone else’s songs, then know you’re trading with the money changers. In short, when you stop ‘doing’ and start investing, then you’re trading with these money changers. These are few signs.
Are you trading with the money changers?
Are you ready to use your talent (that gift)? If not, give it to the money changers
Written by Elson