He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master's money.
Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’
And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here I have made two talents more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’
He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’ But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents.
For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
A few words stick out to me in this parable - entrusted, property, ability and faithful. Here are my thoughts on those words:
- The word entrusted speaks to me of responsibility. We each have a spiritual mandate to care for the things that God has entrusted us with. And that responsibility is not to simply maintain but to grow. We are to invest our lives and our gifts in activities that will cause spiritual growth in the Kingdom of God.
- Interesting that the Master in this parable entrusts his property to his servants. This is an important word because it addresses the concept of ownership. This parable paints an accurate picture of how everything we have is on loan from God. And in the end we will have to give an account of how we used His property.
- When I think about ability I remember how unique each one of us is. Interesting that God measured out talents commensurate with each servants ability. It speaks to me of how God considered each person - their gifts, resources and potential when he entrusted them with various responsibilities.
- I sometimes think that faithfulness is the currency of the kingdom. We grow spiritually, and in other ways, when we are faithful with the gifts,resources and potential that we are given. This parable indicates that, today and in the last hour, this quality is all so important because faithfulness with entrusted property is rewarded the Master.
It reminds me that what we do in this life is important - to God and to us.
Thank you for the gifts you have given me Lord. Forgive me for the times I have squandered them. Help me to be faithful with the things that you have entrusted me with.