One of my favorite parable of Jesus is the parable of the Talents. Jesus uses this parable to explain the Kingdom of Heaven. It teaches us few lessons about God’s expectations on us. Inside the Kingdom of God, we cannot sit idle, but we all have a part to do with the talents God has entrusted us with.
As we read this parable we can understand the heart of our Heavenly Father. This clearly teaches us that God expects the best from His children. Let us look into another verse from the book of prophet Malachi;
“When you offer blind animals in sacrifice, is that not evil? And when you offer those that are lame or sick, is that not evil? Present that to your governor; will he accept you or show you favor? says the Lord of hosts. And now entreat the favor of God, that he may be gracious to us. With such a gift from your hand, will he show favor to any of you? says the Lord of hosts. Oh that there were one among you who would shut the doors, that you might not kindle fire on my altar in vain! I have no pleasure in you, says the Lord of hosts, and I will not accept an offering from your hand.”
Malachi 1:8-10 ESV
Theses verses clearly says God will not accept any offering that is blind, lame or sick. And He is asking someone to shut the doors that they might not come and offer sacrifices in vain!! That is the heart of God. He is does not accept any sacrifices that are not offered with the best interest in our hearts. Why? Because the next verse says like this
“For from the rising of the sun to its setting my name will be great among the nations, and in every place incense will be offered to my name, and a pure offering. For my name will be great among the nations, says the Lord of hosts.”
Malachi 1:11 ESV
Our God is great and greatly to be praised. He is a Jealous God ( Deuteronomy 6:15). He gave His own Son, the best for our redemption, paid the ultimate price and loved us with an everlasting Love. How can we even offer Him anything less when we behold His greatness, love and beauty?!!
Now when we look into the parable of talents we see three group of people.
- Those who got more talents and they are faithful and productive in His kingdom. Those who are not proud in their heart, but use everything God gave them and brings the harvest to the Master.
- The next group got less talents than the first group, but they have no complaints. They are also faithful in what God gave them and made more out of it.
- The last group got very less , and they didn’t loose anything God gave them, neither did they make any profit. They kept what God gave them, hid the talents and did everything else in the master’s property other than using the talents.
In our human thinking we may consider it ok that the last servant didn’t loose anything the master gave, kept it safe and gave it back to Him. But God was not happy. When the Master saw what this servant did and heard his response out of his wicked heart, He found this servant worthless and cast him into outer darkness!
With the measure that wicked servant measured, The Master measured him. He was rejected from the Masters presence and couldn’t enter into His Joy. “For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you.” Matthew 7:2 ESV
The wicked servant understood the master as a hard, severe man. If you are considering God as a hard person, always demanding and who doesn’t cares for you or loves you, my friend your minds are blinded by the enemy and you haven’t really known Him!! Especially when we are faced with challenges and resistance it is easy to blame everything upon God and say that He doesn’t really care about what is happening to us or to this world! But those who know Him personally can say He is always good and His love is unchanging and His faithfulness endures forever. We are called for a divine purpose, He has entrusted us with His property and we have to labor in it with the talents He gave us enduring through the hardships and challenges .
“Therefore I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. The saying is trustworthy, for: If we have died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him; if we deny him, he also will deny us; if we are faithless, he remains faithful— for he cannot deny himself.”
2 Timothy 2:10-13 ESV
So will you take some genuine effort these days to know Jesus more deeply, to meditate on His word and spend time in His presence. He is near to those who are brokenhearted and saves those who are contrite in spirit ( Psalms 34:18) and when you call upon Him, He will hear.
As we are using the resources that God gave us, understanding the heart desire of our Master and His character is very important. Every good gift comes from our Heavenly Father, and He has called us and entrusted us with His property. He is the giver, and everything we have, belongs to Him. The Master is going to return very soon, and we all have to give an account before Him.
He is not satisfied with just anything we give Him, but He only takes our best. He knows He deserves our best and He won’t settle for any thing less. We have to be faithful and good in the way we take care of the family, community, church, and using resources like time, money ,talents and also in sharing our your life stories and testimonies for the glory of God. In all these, God expects our full commitment, doing the best in His name.
“Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. For the wrongdoer will be paid back for the wrong he has done, and there is no partiality.”
Colossians 3:23-25 ESV
Whatever you are offering Him, He deserves the prime important best share. And if we are not doing that, God says in Malachi
“If you will not listen, if you will not take it to heart to give honor to my name, says the Lord of hosts, then I will send the curse upon you and I will curse your blessings. Indeed, I have already cursed them, because you do not lay it to heart. Behold, I will rebuke your offspring, and spread dung on your faces, the dung of your offerings, and you shall be taken away with it.”
Malachi 2:2-3 ESV
So now is a good time to look into our own lives and ask these questions;
- What am I doing with the talents God gave me?
- Am I faithful to His calling upon my life?
- How well am I taking care of the things God entrusted to me?
- Will I hear The Master calling me good and faithful servant?!
- Have I set my full heart into the works of His Kingdom?!
- Will He look into the work I did and say “WELL DONE”!?!
- Or Am I doing everything just for the sake of doing it?!
And in the end the parable says those who pleased The Master, entered into His Joy. And those who didn’t please the master were cast into the outside darkness.
What is stopping you from doing the best for God? Is it fear, insecurity, timidity, busyness of your daily life, lack of support or strength or may be your laziness, pride or selfish desires; whatever be the challenges you are facing and sins you are struggling, will you just confess it before God?. Give your burdens to Him and He is right there to give you strength and encouragement to do your best in His kingdom.
“You whom I took from the ends of the earth, and called from its farthest corners, saying to you, “You are my servant, I have chosen you and not cast you off”; fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. For I, the Lord your God, hold your right hand; it is I who say to you, “Fear not, I am the one who helps you.””
Isaiah 41:9-10, 13 ESV
God is telling us that He will help us to accomplish our purpose in this life, the best way. Whatever be the challenge you are facing today, just trust Him and move forward doing the best for His glory. Use the talents God gave you boldly, He is the one who brings fruits out of it. Trust Him and depend completely on Him. May our heart’s desire be to please the Master and entering into His joy.
Prayer: “Heavenly Father, thank you for Your everlasting Love. Forgive me for the time, talent, resources and blessings I wasted. Holy Spirit of God, help me and strengthen me to bring out my best for God’s glory. Give me wisdom and direction as I trust completely upon You. Thank you for this new day and new opportunities you are giving me. Help me to be all that you want me to be. In Jesus name, Amen.”
The Parable of The Talents.
“For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I have made five talents more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here, I have made two talents more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours.’ But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
Matthew 25:14-30 ESV