It will be as when a man who was going on a journey called in his servants and entrusted his possessions to them. To one he gave five talents; to another, two; to a third, one—to each according to his ability. Then he went away. Immediately the one who received five talents went and traded with them, and made another five. Likewise, the one who received two made another two. But the man who received one went off and dug a hole in the ground and buried his master’s money.
After a long time the master of those servants came back and settled accounts with them. The one who had received five talents came forward bringing the additional five. He said, ‘Master, you gave me five talents. See, I have made five more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share your master’s joy.’ [Then] the one who had received two talents also came forward and said, ‘Master, you gave me two talents. See, I have made two more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come, share your master’s joy.’
Then the one who had received the one talent came forward and said, ‘Master, I knew you were a demanding person, harvesting where you did not plant and gathering where you did not scatter; so out of fear I went off and buried your talent in the ground. Here it is back.’ His master said to him in reply, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I did not plant and gather where I did not scatter? Should you not then have put my money in the bank so that I could have got it back with interest on my return? Now then! Take the talent from him and give it to the one with ten. For to everyone who has, more will be given and he will grow rich; but from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. And throw this useless servant into the darkness outside, where there will be wailing and grinding of teeth.’
One of the things mentioned at the retreat was about giving and receiving.
We have the Holy Spirit with us. We have received graces and gifts from God. And yet we ask for more and more.
I am guilty of this but I am learning to praise more than my petitions, and to worship more than my wants.
What am I doing with what God has given me?
A good way to tell whether what you are doing is aligned to what God wills: See what kind of fruits your efforts will grow / are growing. By the fruits, you’ll know.
For example, if you were to use your gift of speech to gossip or argue with people = bad fruits of jealousy, judgemental attitude, anger = not aligned. If you were to use your gift of speech to evangelise or give good encouragement to others = good fruits of compassion and love for others, a passion for God = aligned!
I do not want to be the one who buried the talent God gave. What will you do in your life here, that will give glory to God?
Hugh Whelchel’s sharing on the Parable of the Talents lists 5 important lessons:
- Success is a product of work done.
- God always gives us everything we need to do what he has called us to do.
- Success is measured by degrees of effort.
- Honour God, not our own selfish purposes.
- We will be held accountable.
So like seed that fell on good soil, we need to grow, endure and bear fruit.
For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
Holy Spirit, enlighten our hearts and minds so that guided by you, we will be empowered to serve and give glory to God by using the talents God has given us. Amen.