May 27 - Ten Talents

Monday, May 27, 2013

Matthew 25:14-30

A man, planning for a long trip, called his servants to him and asked them to watch over his property. To one, he gave five talents, to another he gave two talents and to the final servant, he gave a single talent. He did so based on their ability.

When he returned much later, he called them in to settle accounts.  The first had doubled his earnings.  The master was elated and told him that because he had been faithful with only a little, he would now be placed in charge of a great deal.  The second had also doubled his earnings and was told the same thing.  The third, however, had buried his talent and was pleased with himself when, upon presenting the original talent back to the Master, said that he was aware the master was a hard taskmaster and in his fear, he hid the talent so he wouldn't have to face his wrath.

Well, wrath was handed out after all, because even if the third servant had simply put the money in a bank, there would have been interest.  The talent was taken from the third and given to the first and the slothful servant was cast out where there was more weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Jesus told this story to his disciples as he was speaking to them about the end of the world and the fact that he was going to be going away from him. It is one we all should heed.

The Lord has entrusted us with much.  Fear of failure causes us to hide our talents rather than using them to bring glory to the kingdom of God. This is a very clear call to us that there are things more important than our fears.

God calls us to tell the world of His love. He’s given us the means by which to do so. They might be flashy or gain us great popularity; they might be quiet and intimate. We are called to share love; we are called to share God’s love.

Don't hide those talents away for fear that you won't be good enough.