Luke 8:16-18 (NLT)
16 “No one lights a lamp and then covers it with a bowl or hides it under a bed. A lamp is placed on a stand, where its light can be seen by all who enter the house. 17 For all that is secret will eventually be brought into the open, and everything that is concealed will be brought to light and made known to all. 18 “So pay attention to how you hear. To those who listen to my teaching, more understanding will be given. But for those who are not listening, even what they think they understand will be taken away from them.”

Jesus tells a parable about how one does not light a lamp and then cover it with a bowl. What purpose would it serve? In the same way many have God given talents, which should be put to use and not hidden away. We are to serve others, praying for them and ministering to them. If we don’t do these things it is like hiding the light God gave us to help others find their way in the world.

A doctor goes to school for years to gain an education in medicine. After years of study the doctor completes their work by putting it to practice. Their job is to help others who are sick, lame or close to death. What if the doctor decided to quit and put all those talents away, never helping anyone, never ministering to the ill, never healing the sick? The gift received from years of learning would be wasted and hidden from others. God has given us many gifts to help others. Some have been put in positions where they can influence others. Some have talents that allow them to speak publicly about the love of God and Christ. There are others who have a gift for ministering and caring for people. What if all these gifts were put aside and hidden away from view? There would be many who would miss out on vital care they may need. If you have gifts you know God gave you to use put them to use for God. Don’t let them be like a light hidden under a bowl that has no use.