Education cannot give talents, but is a means to multiply God-given talents. What does this statement mean?
He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.
His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:
And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: there thou hast that is thine.
His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:
Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.
Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.
For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.
And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
- Matthew 25:14-30
What truth is taught by this parable regarding natural talents and spiritual gifts?
A person's reasoning ability is a precious, God-given talent which may not be buried, but must be used and increased. Education is a valuable gift, a priceless means to increase one's knowledge and reasoning abilities. To bury rather than develop our talents in this regard reflects a spirit of laziness and a despising of God's gift. This transgresses God's eighth commandment.
Education is defined as the process of personal development by means of instruction or training. Education cannot give abilities or talents to people, but is a means to multiply, deepen, or enlarge God-given talents. The one who knows most, generally carries the greatest influence. Therefore we are responsible to God for the development of our talents educationally. However, we are also responsible to use the increased influence from our knowledge in a manner that is both pleasing to God and for the benefit of others.
Your personal education is very important regarding your responsibilities toward God, others, and yourself, as shown in the following items.