Using Your Talent

Here’s a little more from the Gospel of Matthew.

It’s one of the many parables of Christ written in the four Gospels of the New Testament.  It’s from Matthew 25:14-30.

“For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property.  To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away.  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. 18 But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money.   Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them.   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.’  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.   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.  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.’  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,   so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’   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?  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.  So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents.   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.   And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

In Biblical terms a talent was a measure of precious metal.  It deals with currency, commerce and money.

The Parable of the Talents is about a master who is about to leave on a long journey and entrusts his servants to some of his wealth.  He gives them part of his fortune and trusts them to do the best they can with managing what was given to them.

Two of the servants use the opportunity to put the money to work and double the amount for their master.  They knew what needed to be done and took the chance to increase the master’s wealth.

But one servant was afraid to take a chance.  What if he lost the money?  His master will certainly be harsh with him and beat him.

So he takes no chance of losing anything and buries his master’s money until the master returns.  He plays it ultra safe, this one is taking no chances.

When the master returns, two servants have used the talents given to them and earned even more and the master is pleased and rewards these servants.

The one who hid the talent for safe keeping has earned nothing, he hasn’t lost anything but he has gained nothing.

His master is not happy and the servant is stripped of what he has.

I like this story.

The parable is about God having given all of us the gift of life and the gift to use our life to do good works and increase our rewards in heaven.  The servant who hid the talent out of fear is about those who waste the gift of life, who let fear rule them.

But I also like to substitute the biblical meaning of talent with the modern day meaning of talent.

God gives us all a talent, a gift to use in our life.

Sometimes using that talent and making the most of that talent can be very, very hard.

Some of us work hard and maximize that special gift and some of us bury that talent for fear of the hard work and issues that come with it.

You just have to get over that fear and not let it rule your life.

You just have to go and dig up that talent that you buried and make the most of the gift that the master gave you.  So when the master returns he can say “Well done, good and faithful servant”.

© Otis P Smith and About the Groove, 2016. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Otis P Smith and About the Groove with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

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