The Lord created each of us with what was necessary for us to carry out His will and His plan.
What are we doing with what He has given us?
When Jesus sat on the Mount of Olives with His disciples, He taught them many parables, one of which was the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30).
In biblical days, a talent was the largest and most valuable unit of currency. A single talent equaled 3,000 shekels and was the equivalent of an ordinary worker’s wage for fifteen years or more.
Let’s put the parable in more modern terms.
A wealthy man, Mr. Employer, needed to go on a business trip, so he called his employees together and gave them duties to perform while he was gone.
Mr. Employer entrusted his wealth into his employees’ hands, which empowered them to use and manage it.
To Employee #1, he gave five talents, to Employee #2, he gave two talents, and to Employee #3, he gave one talent. He gave to each “according to his own ability.” He knew his employees and what they were capable of doing.
While Mr. Employer was away, Employee #1 worked to increase what he had, gaining five more talents. Employee #2 did the same, multiplying his talents to gain two more.
And Employee #3? Only one talent. Remember how much it was worth? This was no pittance. But he shoveled a hole in the ground and hid his lord’s money.
Upon Mr. Employer’s return…
After much time, Mr. Employer returned to settle his employees’ accounts. Employee #1 displayed his doubled allotment of gaining five more. And Employee #2 accounted for his doubled talent as well.
To each of them, Mr. Employer said, “Well done, faithful and trustworthy servant; you were reliable over a few things, I will appoint you ruler over many. Enter into the joy and delight of your lord and master.”
And then there’s Employee #3. What did he offer as his results? An excuse! “Lord, I knew you to be a hard man. I thought it impossible to serve you. And I was afraid, so I hid your talent in the ground. See? There it is.”
Mr. Employer’s response? “You wicked, lazy, and unprofitable servant. Why didn’t you deposit my money in the bank, so I could have received some interest on it?
Employee #3 was slothful. And Lazyboy’s punishment? Mr. Employer said, “Take the talent from this servant and give it to the one with ten talents.”
At the end of the parable, Jesus said, “To those who use well what they are given, even more will be given, and they will have an abundance. But from those who do nothing, even what little they have will be taken away.” (Matt. 25:29 NLT)
What do we do with what we are given?
Are we like Employee #1, or #2, or #3?
This parable can be applied to our lives in more than a monetary way. God gifts us each with the talents and abilities we need to carry out His plans. Yet, He does not gift us all the same. But He does gift us for the same purpose: to use and improve what we’ve been given that we may advance His kingdom and benefit others.
But it comes with responsibility. And when we give an account to the Lord for what we have done with what we have been given, what will be our response? Will we give Him excuses, like we squandered it or we hid it or we were slothful and did nothing?
May we never have to say any of that.
Which employee are you? What are you doing with what you have been given?
May you use well and be given more… Lynn