Life Lessons from the Parable of the Talents

By God’s Icon

As Believers, we must be attuned intermittently to the truth that one day when all of our time on earth is done, we all as pilgrims would stand before the God of heaven and earth and give stewardship of our times here on earth.

In our study, we’d find that the parable of the talent brings to light several key points that point us in the direction of what to expect as the return of the King draws nigh.

Let’s examine the scripture from Matt 25 vs. 14 through to 30 critically.

Mat 25:14 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.

Points to note: We all as believers are fiduciaries (holders of trust) of the resources God has bestowed upon us while we make our pilgrimage on earth

Mat 25:15 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.

Points to note: As caretakers God gives to each one according to his abilities, this doesn’t make the one with more seem more important or less in the sight of God, for every man has received a measure of grace.

Mat 25:16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.

Mat 25:17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.

Mat 25:18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.

Points to note: This servant got distracted by the “goods of this world” that he forgot to make use of what the Master had given for use (transaction) here on earth to the benefit of Him who had given it in the first place.

Mat 25:19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.

Points to note: One day the Lord of the Heavens and earth would return and ask for accounts to be made. We shall all render account of our stewardship here on earth

Mat 25:20 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.

Mat 25:21 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.

Mat 25:22 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.

Mat 25:23 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.

Points to note: There would be rewards for every faithful and fruitful servant based on what He had done with his talents here on this earth

Mat 25:24 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:

Mat 25:25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.

Mat 25:26 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:

Mat 25:27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.

Mat 25:28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.

Mat 25:29 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.

Mat 25:30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Points to note: There would be also be punishments for everyone, who has done unjustly with that which has been committed to him by God. Don’t be deceived by the sayings that God is too nice to release to punishment those whom He once termed as servants (stewards)

SUMMARY
It isn’t just enough to be faithful as a servant, God demands fruitfulness.

We all would render accounts; God is a God of accountability, He doesn’t waste His resources.

There is a time of waiting between the time the Master goes away and His subsequent return

Will yours be a wait in confidence and obedience that leads to responsible and imaginative action with the master’s resources, or will it be a wait in fear and dread of a harsh master and with a careful and non-risk-taking existence that simply hoards what it sees as a puny trust.

As a steward of Christ are you loyal to him? Or you’re just a fair weather fan?

Excuses are not passes to get the rewards from God our Master.

Are you a teacher, engineer, artist? How have you used your gifting to the benefit of Christ and His work here on earth?

QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION
What gifts has God given you? Do you ever hide these gifts out of fear or an unwillingness to share? What might it look like for you to share your gifts with abandon?

PRAYER POINTS
Lord, sometimes I am selfish and afraid, unwilling to share the gifts you have so generously bestowed on me. I list excuses for why I can’t or won’t use what I have been given. I know this grieves you. I know you want me to lavish my gifts on others, yet still, I often refuse.

Lord, I am grateful for the gifts you have personally chosen for me. Please give me the courage and strength to invest my gifts to grow your kingdom as you so desire. I yearn to be like the first and second servants in this story—eager to use well what I have been given. Amen

God’s Icon is the pen name of an ardent God chaser. In a world that has so perverted the truth of God’s word. He is a firm believer that the word of God has no moral relativity nor is it archaic that it isn’t relevant to give answers to the challenges of this present world.

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