For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord's money. After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them.
In ancient Rome and in the days of Christ, a talent was a measure of riches: a certain weight of gold, silver or wealth. In modern 21st century earth, a talent is a measure of gifting: an aptitude of entertainment's stars.
Is this word's notable evolution a signal of the world's changing values? That a performer's talent is worth more than any fixed amount of currency? Yes! Because a celebrity's revenue and influence increase, expand and won't fit on a scale.
Actors, models and talent for Christ: You multiply God's gifts of talents, remembering they belong to Him, rehearsing them to make them brighter, refining your roles as fishermen, reflecting the Captain of your boat, realizing talents are great lures, releasing them into media, respecting worldly authorities, rekindling the passion of your kin, reviving fish with Living Water, refraining from taking the glory, referring the honor back to God; relaying all profits to Him, too, and relishing the joy you will feel.
With The Parable of the Talents being the last story told by Christ, does media's cultural impact signify we're in the last of times? A time when darkness covers the earth and God's stars are called to rise and shine?
'The prince of the power of the air' (Ephesians 2:2) has constructed a vast network of communication technology. You enter the labor of others, and the Lord reaps where He did not sow. Your quest to multiply His talents is ordered, ordained and biblical.
To Be Continued...
* The Parable of the Talents: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=mat25%3A14-29&version=NKJV
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Do-Gooders series.