The Parable of the Talents
“For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. And likewise he who had received two gained two more also.
But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money. After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them. So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them. His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.
He also who had received two talents came and said, Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them. His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’
Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’
But his lord answered and said to him…
You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest.
Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents.
For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away.
And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
From The Parable Of The Talents, How should you think about work, prosperity or success?
That’s what I want us to think about today, as we explore the passages in the parable of the talents. In the first parable we will talk about a significant lesson, success is a product of our work.
You can go all the way back even to the beginning of the Bible, and you will notice that God placed Adam in the Garden of Eden and placed him there to work it and take care of it.
So it’s its easy to see that mankind, particularly man, was made to work. We can read on in the Bible, and find the statement “faith without works is dead.”
This further concretes the idea that in order to receive an outcome you must perform an action. Now in this passage of the Bible a talent refers to a measure of something valuable, and in this case gold. But, there are many talents given to mankind that are not of a monetary nature.
- The talent of teaching
- The talent of serving
- The talent of loving other people
All unique talents are given in different proportions to each individual.
According to the Bible we were to use our talents to the glory of God, we are to use those talents in the service of the common good, and to further the Kingdom of God. We are further instructed to work diligently in the here and now with the talents we’ve been given stewardship over.
This includes our time, our talent, and our treasure.
All entrusted to our stewardship, but given by God.
God teaches us in the parable of the talents that he gives us everything that we need, and everything that we are called to do.
As in the passage about the talents they may be referring to a large sum of money, and nowadays that could be a very large sum of money.
But as we look upon the passages of the talents we must not give in to the desiring to feel sorry for the servant with one talent, because in reality, he had received an abundance from his master.
He himself alone chose to bury it out of fear
- Fear, is our true enemy
- Fear of the unknown
- Fear of the known
- And even fear breaking of free from our comfort zone
- Fear of reaching to new heights
- Fear of public opinion
- Fear of failure
Nevertheless the servant with one talent was given more than enough to meet his master’s expectations. You see, the master did not expect the servants to passively preserve what they’ve been given, but to work diligently to generate a return. A Return on the amount entrusted to them. Even to this day, God Himself expects you to produce a return on the talents entrusted to you.
The parable of the talents, also teaches that mankind was not created equal.
This is clearly stated in the parable of the talents which states “talents was given according to his own abilities”
What are your abilities that were trusted to you?
What are your unique talents?
Talents that you uniquely we’re given
- Do you have the talent of leading people?
- Do You have the talent of being a good listener?
- Do you have the talent of being a good follower?
- Do you have the talent of serving others?
You see what’s important to remember is that it is not important which talent you have, what’s important is how you use it.
And that you do use it.
You must use your talents, to the best of your capacity, to provide a return on that which is entrusted to you. How are you doing? How are you doing with your unique abilities given to you… to succeed? The parable of the talents teaches us everyone works for someone else and we are not to work for our own selfish purposes. You see, the resources, given to the servants, and given to you, are really not your own.
The money you earn, the resources that you acquire, time, talent and treasure, have been entrusted to you for not safekeeping, but for application and development of others. We are to be stewards of what the master has entrusted to us. And good stewards we should be.
We should not maximize the use of our talents for our own selfish purposes, but to serve God, and to serve his people.
Zig Ziglar said, you can have everything in life you want if you help enough other people get what they want.
And you can help them with the talents entrusted to you. Unless you bury them, unless you hide them from others to see, unless you’re greedy, and thoughtless, and selfish in your words. works and actions.
Then my friends, your work shall return void.
The parable of the talents shows us that we are each held accountable.
We are accountable not only for the use of the talents given to us, but accountable for our whole life stewardship, of all that’s entrusted to us by the creator. We learn in the parable that the unfaithful steward didn’t so much waste the Masters money, but he wasted the opportunity to serve with it.
As a result, the wicked and lazy servant, was judged. And just guilty. For we are responsible what we do with what’s entrusted to us, all for the goal of hearing…
Well done thy good and faithful servant, you have been faithful over a few things I shall make the ruler over many things, Enter into the joy of thy Lord.
How will you serve, with the talents entrusted to you?
If you’re looking to provide more for your family, if you are looking to pay for college tuition, pay for a home, or even buy a new automobile, you have been entrusted with all the talents necessary to make that come to pass.
What you must have, is not more talent, but more faith!
The Bible says faith without works is dead!
Today, I encourage you, to act upon your faith! Have faith in God!
And have Faith in Yourself!
Then Take Action!
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