Friday, April 1, 2022
The Story About Investment
14-18 “It’s also like a man going off on an extended trip. He called his servants together and delegated responsibilities. To one he gave five thousand dollars, to another two thousand, to a third one thousand, depending on their abilities. Then he left. Right off, the first servant went to work and doubled his master’s investment. The second did the same. But the man with the single thousand dug a hole and carefully buried his master’s money.
19-21 “After a long absence, the master of those three servants came back and settled up with them. The one given five thousand dollars showed him how he had doubled his investment. His master commended him: ‘Good work! You did your job well. From now on be my partner.’
-Matthew 25:14-21 The Message
The Parable of the Talents
Verse 14: “For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property.
Verse 15: To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away.
Verse 15 study: The head man divided money (talents) among his employees according to their abilities. Nobody received more or less than he could handle. If he fails his assignment, he can’t use the excuse “overwhelmed.” Failure comes from laziness or hatred towards the head man. The talents represented any kind of resources we were given. God gives us time, gifts, and other resources according to our abilities and expects us to invest in them wisely until he returns. We have to be responsible for what God gives us. The issue is not how much we have; it is how we use it.
Verse 16: He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more.
Verse 17: So also he who had the two talents made two talents more.
Verse 18: But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money.
Verse 19: Now after a long time, the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them.
Verse 20: 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.’
Verse 21: 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.’
Verse 21 study: We know Jesus will be back. Do we quit our jobs to serve God? No, it means we use our time, talents, and treasure faithfully to help God entirely in what we do. For a few people, this may mean changing professions. For most of us, it means doing our daily work of love for God.