A TALE OF TALENTS
Who would be honest and admit that they have dreamt about winning the lottery and thought about all the different ways you would spend the money. I’m not going to lie; this thought has crossed my mind on a few occasions. You hear about the millions of dollars people get when they win the lottery and say, “I could spend that way better.” Of course we justify these thoughts by thinking about how many ministries and missionaries we would support with our wealth. In one way, we have already won the lottery, a spiritual lottery. In the parable of the talents the boss of these three servants left them each with a considerable amount of money.
“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, each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey.”
A talent was about twenty years worth of wages. Imagine if your boss came up to you one day and said, “Here is all the money you will make for the next twenty years.” That’s the same idea in this story. The boss of this parable gave the first person twenty years worth of wages, the second person he gave double, and the last he gave one hundred years worth of wages. What’s interesting is he didn’t tell them what to do with the wages. He just gave it to them. He entrusted his servants with these talents.
“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.”
God has blessed each of us with many talents according to our ability. The essence of this parable is that we have won the spiritual lottery. What are we going to do with them? If our master has entrusted us with this property, how much more faith should we have in Him that He will fulfill his purpose through our actions with these talents. We can choose to bury them, or we can multiply them by blessing others and giving glory to the name of Jesus.
Now time to be real.
God has blessed us so abundantly with talents because there is a desperate need for bold and fearless Christians who aren’t afraid to invest in the people around them. Let’s not be like the slothful servant who hid his talent. Our call is to invest and multiply what we have been given so that when we face our master, we can hear these sweet words:
“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.”