We have seen that stewardship in the Scriptures always relates to the management of something that does not belong to us, but to someone else. Same is true concerning our talents and special abilities they belong to God. We own nothing that was not first given to us: “And what do you have that you did not receive? But if you did receive it, why do you boast as if you had not received it?” (1 Cor. 4:7).
God has entrusted us with special abilities unique to us for His Glory. This is true not only of musical, artistic, athletic, academic, business, and persuasive talents, but also of the spiritual gifts we have received “And since we have gifts that differ according to the grace given to us, let each exercise them accordingly” (Rom. 12:6). Faithful stewardship of natural talents and spiritual gifts requires that we use them to glorify God and edify others. . “Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, to his edification. For even Christ did not please Himself” (Rom. 15:2-3a). Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but do all things with humility of mind and look for the things we can do well, do not worry about the things we cannot do. Our calling is to be trustworthy with what we have been given, and not to envy or covet another person’s abilities or ministry. Our abilities come from God (see Exod. 31:1-3,6; 35:35; Dan. 1:17; Eph. 4:7; 1 Tim. 4:14-15), and He has equipped us to fulfill the purpose for which He has called us. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them” (Eph. 2:10). “Let a man regard us in this manner, as servants of Christ, and stewards of the mysteries of God” (1 Cor. 4:1; cf. Col. 1:25; Titus 1:7a). Regardless of what we have been given, every stewardship is tested by the same standard: faithfulness. It is not the size of our ministry that counts, but what we do with the talent we have been entrusted with.