For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money. After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Matthew 25:14-30
The Parable of the Talents is a great reminder from Jesus that we are to become good stewards of whatever God has given and entrusted us with. These things can be in the form of a job, education, ministry, special skills and talents, or even our relationship with our children, spouse, brothers and sisters in Christ and friends.
In this parable, we see two kinds of people who were entrusted with talents by the LORD:
1. The ones who had been given five and two talents both multiplied what they had, and the LORD was happy with what they presented Him with. They both had been entrusted with more, for they were both faithful in the little things.
2. The one who had only one talent hid it and returned the talent in its original form to the LORD, and the LORD was unhappy with the result. Thus, He took away the one talent and the man was left with none, for he wasn’t faithful with the smallest thing.
These two illustrations show us what God expects of us as Christians. God has entrusted to each of us the gifts of salvation—spiritual blessings and physical blessings. He desires for us to be like the two people who multiplied and used what had been given to them. There are countless blessings that God gives us each day, but sometimes, our mind focuses on things we don’t have, making us feel worthless or insignificant, thus leading to laziness. The man who had been given only one talent had a bad mindset, which resulted in bad action. He thought it would be better to bury the one talent in the ground than to work hard for it. As a result, the Lord was angry at him, for he wasn’t faithful in the little things and the Lord took that littlest thing which he had.
Our relationship with Jesus Christ is one of the greatest gifts God has ever given to Christians. The more we take care and invest in our relationship with the Son of God by spending more time with Him and His Word, the greater and more fruitful we actually become in the Kingdom of God. Let us not take for granted this relationship we have been given and entrusted with by spending more time with the world and less time with God. In the eyes of the world, this relationship may seem like that one talent—less, insignificant, unaccepted, and unpopular—but in the eyes of heaven, this is the greatest gift of all, and we have to make the most out of our relationship with Him.
In fact, when we prioritize our relationship with the LORD, everything else naturally follows. Matthew 6:33 says, “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Therefore, start investing more in your relationship with the Father, the Son and Holy Spirit by intentionally giving Him time each day and spending it with the Word of God. If you do that, all your worries and cares will be taken care of by the host of heavenly angels.