A Community of Talents

The wide-ranging scope of man’s culturative calling reveals another important facet of human life (and, as some theologians have proposed, another aspect of the imago dei): the necessity of community. This is most obvious in the case of our task to fill the earth—“It is not good that the man should be alone” (Gen. 2:18). Adam, by himself, could not fulfill the command to be frutiful and multiply. He needed a “suitable (i.e., complementary) helper,” one who was ideally fitted to assist him in this task. …

But the need for human community does not end with procreation. Transforming the earth is a complex, multifaceted activity requiring an equally wide-ranging array of skills and talents. Not every culturative activity utilizes the same gifts. The set of skills that makes a gold prospector effective at his job will not necessarily make for a good goldsmith. The talents required for a vinedresser are very different from those of a winetaster.

—David Hegeman

Posted on Friday, July 22, 2011 by Pastor Jerry Owen