God has given us certain gifts and the space to use them. He expects us to use them properly in service to Himself and the Body, and requires an accounting.
The Parable of the Talents is often confused with the Parable of the Pounds. These parables illustrate Christian responsibilities from different angles.
The parable of the Dragnet describes the culling process God uses to separate the truly committed from every walk of life from those mildly interested.