I’ve told all my kids this verse. I’ve explained to them that God has given them a brain and other gifts and talents and He expects them to use those gifts to help themselves and to help others. He didn’t give them special gifts and talents so they could waste them on just themselves, or ignore those gifts and not use them for the glory of God and for the good of people. He wants them, and all of us, to recognize the talents and gifts we have and use them to their full advantage.
This principle applies to our spiritual lives as well as to our natural lives. ‘Course we all know that Jesus was talking about spiritual things when He told his parable about the Master and the servant. He says, “Who then does the Master trust?” He trusts the one who He finds doing his job, being obedient to do what God has told him to do, what He has prepared him to do, with his God-given talents and resources, not wasting his time and his talents. I just love the concept that God trusts us, just like we’re supposed to trust Him. We’re pleasing to God when we do His will by being obedient to work WITH God to accomplish His purposes on this earth. How’s that for a high calling?! He says, “Blessed is that servant whom his Master will find so doing when he comes.”
Best I can tell obedience is one of the highest virtues in a servant of Jesus Christ. This is one of those duties we should fulfill, not grudgingly, but with all our hearts and all our souls and all our strength and all our minds. Just like the way we’re supposed to love and trust God, with all our hearts . . .”