Belittling What You Have and What You Are
From the parable of the talents we saw earlier (chapter 5), there was a strong reason to believe that the servants were motivated in accordance to what they perceived as the value of what they got.
It is natural that the significance we attach to what we have will determine the level of motivation to do the work assigned to us. This is also the same with the kind of self-esteem we perceive for ourselves. This is why it is important to get a divine perspective of what we have and what/who we are.
If we look around us and get to see what others have, we may easily begin to underrate what we have if it is not as big as what others have. The servant who got one talent must have compared it with what the others got. He must have despised what he had, leading him to burying it. We have to remember though that anything God gives us is not small even if it looks so.
Identify what God has provided; appreciate it and set out to do what God intends with it. If it is God who has provided it, it is not as small as it looks—and it is not a small matter.
There is no need for comparison. The Bible says that each person will give an account of himself before God. God will not expect any person to give his accounting in relation to what others had or did. If He gave him much, He will require much MORE. Why much more? It is because when we get ‘much’ it is supposed to grow into much more.
If we compare what we are doing with what others are doing, it must be in the spirit of comparing notes for purposes of inspiring one another. It should not be to measure our personal worth or the significance and magnificence of our work. The significance of our work is not measured by its magnificence but by the enthusiasm with which we do what we do.
Anything God gives is significant even if it looks insignificant—looks can deceive. The one who got little will not get exemption from giving an account. It is possible to think that if one got very little, God will not bother with it.