In my most recent blog, I encouraged us to take responsibility for our response to change and to choose accountability for the results we produce in the aftermath of change. Doing so, in my humble opinion, makes us powerful.

I believe the parable of the talents supports my humble opinion. Let’s see.

In the parable, the master of the house gave talents to three of his servants. None of the servants asked to be given talents. The timing of the exchange and the number of talents given to them were completely outside of their control.

Two of the three chose to make the best of their circumstances, while the other became a victim of circumstances.

Two of the three took responsibility for producing something with the talents. The third did not. He buried his talent.

Two of the three took accountability for the results of their work. The third did not. He produced nothing and then blamed the master for being a hard man.

Can we fault the third worker? Can’t we all relate to a situation where suddenly we are asked to do something we weren’t anticipating, a situation in which we were treated differently than others, given less than others? Perhaps, but we still have a choice as to how we view ourselves and a choice as to how we will respond.

Two of those servants viewed themselves as powerful. The second servant, although treated differently from the first servant and given less than the first servant, chose to be responsible for doing something with what he was given. He did not let what he was not given interfere with his efforts.

Both of those servants chose to be accountable for the results they produced. As a result of seeing themselves as powerful, they multiplied their talents.

At some point, each of us as leaders will face a choice about how we respond to unexpected or “negative” change—— Will we choose to be responsible for our reaction to change and accountable for giving our best effort? Or will we choose to be the victim of circumstances?

When we choose responsibility and accountability in the face of change, we make ourselves powerful enough to multiply our talents for the benefit of the Kingdom.

Greg Wallace is the Chief Operating Officer for HRock Church in Pasadena, Calif. He loves teaching and helping others pursue their life’s passion. He is passionate about developing leaders, building organizations and helping people and groups thrive in the midst of change.