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Deny Shy (Part 3)


Your Talents… Or His?

‘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.’ (Matthew 25:14-19)

Consider these definitions of shy: ‘Easily frightened away, timid; distrustful; wary; deficient’ (Random House Dictionary). Applied to the Parable of the Talents, it might read like this:

Once upon a time, a wealthy lord planned a long trip. Before he left, he entrusted three servants with his wealth—expecting them to handle it wisely. When the lord returned, he looked upon his estate. Two of the servants doubled their lord’s talents, and he commended each one:

‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things. I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord’ (v.21,23).

But the third servant was shy (timid). Instead of investing his lord’s talents in the world to multiply them, he was shy (frightened) about losing them. He was shy (distrustful, wary) of strangers, and preferred to stay comfortably at home. So he buried his lord’s talent in the backyard. Therefore, when the lord returned, this servant was shy (deficient) of a return on his lord’s investment.

The lord’s words? ‘You wicked and lazy servant… Take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents’ (v.26,28). The shy servant’s outcome? ‘Cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth’ (v.30).

In Matthew 25, The Parable of the Talents is the final story told by our Lord before His crucifixion and subsequent departure from earth. In Body (as opposed to Spirit), He’s on a long trip. But He’s returning soon. In the mean time, His servants have been entrusted with His property. We are those servants.

Is today’s talent industry the world’s big bank of investment? Does it offer the greatest return? Surely in this mission field called media, we have been given an unprecedented opportunity to multiply His talents.

Actors, models and talent for Christ, make no mistake about it. The talents you hold are not yours, but His—and with them, you are not shy. Because fear has no place within you. Neither does timidity, distrust or deficiency. Shyness has no vote in the decisions you make. Because if you allow it to influence your present, it can ruin your future.

To Be Continued….

This devotion is #3 in a series called “Deny Shy” intended for actors, models and talent for Christ. To subscribe to AMTC Daily Devotions, please see the link on our home page.

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Posted 21 months ago

Thank you Carey for this message. This passage is what I talked about with my son before deciding to go to the AMTC auditions in Chicago last weekend.

I heard the commercial on Moody Radio 90.1fm. We talked about how God's given him a definite gift in acting/communicating & now is the time to use it for His glory & purposes!

We were both so blessed & impressed with how excellent everything was run, and that first & foremost, the message was to respond boldly to God's Him our lives, our talents, to use for His glory. We were thankful for the time starting out with prayer & worship, as our time together was given to God.

We're excited about going to SHINE 2014 this summer & all God has in store as He redeems media & art with His excellence & creativity!

Peace & Blessings,


Posted 21 months ago

My son Matthew is three years old and his hiding behind my leg when meeting a new person exemplifies what it means to be "shy". We, as Godly people, must proclaim boldly an ownership of life or "maturity in the Word" through a display of the gift of His talent within us. Spoken, sung or performed boldly, what He has given us, let us use it for His glory! Invest it for the furtherance of His Kingdom.

Posted 20 months ago

AMEN!! I was, in my earlier years, what you could consider "shy", but when I would get on the stage, all of that would go out the window!! They used to call me "Clark Kent" when I was in the world performing, because there was such a vast difference in my normal personality and my stage personality. When I accepted Christ, I was faced with the dilemma of not wanting to "put on a show" as I led worship or was asked to minister in song or dance. Holy Spirit helped me to understand that everything God gave me should be used to His Glory, and that I should pour no less into my Ministry of Performing Arts than I did to the "world of performance". God is brilliant, and multi-faceted, like a beautiful gem, and all the radiance that emanates from Him is IN US...that is what the world needs to see, which will glorify our Father in heaven (Matt.5:16); then they will be drawn unto Him, as He is lifted up through the excellence of our gifts & talents (John 12:32). They will see Christ in us, and want what we have!! We have a responsibility to share the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the gifts we have been entrusted with, and with no less fervor than we did in the world. Thank you Carrie!!


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