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The Parable of the Talents

The Parable of the talents is about faithfully serving God with our abilities to accomplish the tasks that he has entrusted to us.

Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his property to them. To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey.

- Matthew 25:14-15

We are the servants of Christ. He has gone on a journey to the Father and has entrusted us with the property of his Kingdom. The term "talent" in this parable is refering to a weight of measure that was used in Jesus's day to weigh valuables such as gold and silver. A talent of gold is an extremely large ammount of money so we should note that Jesus used great wealth in this story to get his point accross.

It is easy to get confused in the parable of the talents as to what the "talent" represents; since it is the same english word that we use for special abilities and gifts. The talent does not represent our special abilities that God has given us. Our abilities are addressed in v. 15 when Jesus said, "each according to his ability." The picture Jesus painted in this parable is that we are given talents (property of the Kingdom) according to our talents (abilities).

The ones who have the ability and gift to pastor are given as their talent; a congregation the size of their ability. When Jesus returns they will not be presenting their gift of pastoring to Jesus. The will be presenting the members of their congregation to him. The pastor will be judged or praised based on how much of his energy he used serving God selflessly with his ability. To ensure that those under his watch were taught, prayed for, cared for, and discipled to reach their full potential in Christ.

The Sunday School teacher will present their class. The worship leader will present those whom they've led in worship. Parents will present their children, husbands their wives, and wives their husbands. If Jesus gives us only one responsibility to minister to one soul, whether it be a brother, sister, friend, or stranger. We will be held accountable when he returns of how wholeheartedly we used our abilities to minister, encourage, and pray for that one.

As a church we are entrusted with ministering to the entire world, but as individuals Jesus has entrusted to us with specific tasks, according to our ability. He has not given us more to do than we can handle but no matter how great or small it seems we have each been given a great task. By giving our best we can look forward to Jesus saying to us,

"Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master's happiness!" (v. 21)

Let us learn from the parable of the talents and serve God wholeheartedly and unselfishly. Faithfully working that which he has entrusted to us.

Related Devotions:

Parable of the Rich Fool

Good Samaritan Parable

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