Life in the Spirit – The Gift of Talent
Romans 12:3-8 (NIV)  For by the grace given me, I say to every one of you: Do not think of yourself more highly than you ought, but rather think of yourself with sober judgment, in accordance with the measure of faith God has given you. Just as each of us has one body with many members and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts according to the grace given us. If a man’s gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve. If it is teaching, let him teach. If it is encouraging, let him encourage. If it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously. If it is leadership, let him govern diligently. If it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully.
If you have an ability, or a learned skill, or a spiritual gift, that is a gift from God. Even whatever good you accomplish through the use of these talents is a gift from God.
In our flesh we all want to take praise and glory unto ourselves. So as we are having success in the world’s eyes, we need to remind ourselves where all that ability came from. In addition to using our talents for God, part of stewardship is remembering where those talents came from, and letting that reminder keep us humble.