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.’ 23 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.’ 24 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, 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours.’ 26 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? 27 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. 28 So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29 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. Matthew 25: 22-29
Talents in bible days was considered money 💰. Today we can relate it to money and also to actual gifting and abilities endowed to us and in us by God.
I think it is peculiar how “un religious” people call God infinite power. God is actually a being, with a character, with thought and emotion. God is not simply power and he is neither simply infinite, those are only some of his characteristics.
The parable of the talents has much to do with investment. And anybody that knows anything can connect the concept with value. Investment is not to only be linked with money, but also with time and commitment. It is giving and exchanging something of value, for something that will develop into something of profit.
If we give of our time to study, we will pass the exam. If we give love, we receive more love. Investing is to make a deposit and earn interest. It is different than a layaway. You get what you pay for before paying the price: you are in debt when you take a layaway.
A few years ago when I read this parable, and still today I concern my self with the notion that God gave us abilities with with we are to invest them for His glory.
Some people have the ability to cash in on a talent like dance, a language like Spanish or a skill like Sales. The Bible describes 3 men, who were given the necessary and sufficient amount of talents to gain a profit for the master. Two of them did just that, but one of them was afraid of failing and being punished.
That is like many of us, who have hidden talents which we exercise at home in the shower or locked up in our rooms for our own entertainment. That is like having the cure for cancer and keeping it to ourselves because we may fear judgement, rejection or face some type of failure or disappointment.
You never know how much of a blessing you can be to a life and to this whole world with what you have to offer. Jesus uses this parable to help us get out of our shells. He says to the one that hid his talent, why did you not atleast exchange it with the foreign banks!?
For us this means, if you did not want to use it in the church in the kingdom of God- then you should use it in the world’s economic system.
The bible says that the world is wiser than the children of light in these respects, and that is a shame. Christians tend to be rigid and closeminded- even rejecting science which actually proves that God does exist.
Be brave! Remember God will ask each and every single one of us, what did you do with what I gave you. How did you manage what I placed in your hands?
Lord Jesus, first and foremost I ask you to forgive me, forgive us. I plead the blood of Jesus over us, our hearts and minds- may your glory restore our joy and may your love helps us flourish in the area of our talents. Help us to keep our eyes focused on you, since you are our audience. And you are he who pays the best salary. I beg for you to renew our minds in these regards and give us boldness to shine your light, for your own glory. May we glorify your holy name through our lives. May our courage, break other people’s strongholds and chains of fear and anxiety in Jesus name, Amen.