It’s No Longer A Matter of Talent

God is omnipotent. He can do all things; thus the concept of talent does not apply to Him. Interestingly, this omnipotent nature is now yours if you are in Christ, courtesy of Jesus’ death, resurrection and ascension to the right hand of the Father.

“You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your mind; and to put on the new self,  created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”
~ Ephesians 4: 22-24

The book of Ephesians informs us that this new self is created to be like God. What does that tell you? It means that the new self enjoys the realities of God; the capabilities of divinity. The new self should be omnipotent; consequently, the concept of talent is not compatible with this new self.

Now that’s a hard thing to swallow, particularly in a world that celebrates talent; and even in the church, where we’re so used to talking about potential, where people are told – and I’ve said that to folks a lot of times – ‘discover what your talent is and focus on it.’

Don’t get me wrong, though: all that stuff on talent remain true, but only in the realm of the natural ‘Adamic’ self. As far as the Adamic man goes, there’s absolutely nothing wrong with locating your talent and making the most of it.

For the new self, however, it’s no longer a matter of your talent; it’s now a matter of your assignment. It’s now a matter of God’s instructions. This is because, this new self, created to be like God, now inhabits the realm of omnipotence; talent is irrelevant here, because it can do all things.

That is to say, if God speaks to me today and says, “Pastor Favour, I’d like you to fly an aircraft,” it now doesn’t matter anymore whether I went to the flying school or not. I can actually get into the cockpit and by the power of the Holy Spirit, I’ll fly the aircraft. That’s the implication of Jesus’ gift of divine nature that He bestowed on me. God can tell me, “Pastor Favour, go walk across the sea.” And I’ll just get into the sea and start walking on top of it, because now I have the divine nature; I have the capabilities of God. I have the potentials of God, and as such can do whatever God does.