Last time it was my turn to reflect on our reading, it was the story of the Wedding Feast and that was quite hard to understand and now I have the parable of talents to work on. When I first read it, this story seemed to be all about money and seemed a bit unfair to me. The Master gives money to three of his servants before he goes away. He gives five talents to one, two talents to another, and one to the third “according to their abilities”. So he knew that the three men differed in their cleverness.
When the Master returned, he was very pleased to find that number one and number two servants had both doubled their money, but he was furious with number three who had done nothing with his, and he gave his talents to number one. The third servant lived in fear of his master and had decided that the safest thing he could do would be to hide his talent so that he could not make any mistakes with it. There are many people who believe the God is a power to be feared.
However, we are all given talents so that we can invest them, use them and produce something better. We’re here, as people to be creative, not merely obedient out of fear. If we are afraid to risk because we are afraid to lose, what we are creating is a consciousness of fear. If we place our beliefs in a fear of loss, then loss is what we create. If, on the other hand, we accept the talents as a gift and we invest our gifts to bring more of God’s abundance into the world, then we will be rewarded as a result.
The moral to that story is this –
To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given and they will have plenty. But for those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.
While this story refers specifically to money, the underlying principle applies to everything God has entrusted to us, including our time, health, gifts, talents, abilities, opportunities, possessions, and so much more! What that means is that these things are not ours, but it all belongs to Him. We are merely managers of what he has entrusted to us. One day Christ will return and reward us according to our faithfulness. My goal in life is to some day hear Jesus say, “Well done, Good and faithful servant!”