Parable of the Talents

I was at coffee with my dad last week telling him about something that I’m struggling with in my daily pursuit of God. It’s kinda a risky thing, or at least it feels a little risky, and that I wasn’t sure if it was what God wanted. And he sorta called me out on it, which is totally the opposite of my dad’s style. He just blurted out the parable of the talents in regard to my situation. I felt in that moment this might be God telling me to stop hiding and go all in.

We are beautiful creatures because we image our Beautiful God. When we are doing things for him, we are unstoppable. Satan, the world, even our own fears cower at the unstoppable wave of God’s desire to do things in the world, through us and in us. I know there are a lot of things I want to do that I’m afraid of doing. I know we all have (or at least many of us have) things we deeply desire to do for God, and if we’re honest for our own joy as well because the things of God bring us joy, that we are afraid of doing. Maybe because it puts us into a place of vulnerability, or riskiness, or because we have been hurt in the past over it. Whatever it is, God gave us certain talents (notice the play on words with the parable…that definitely wasn’t intentional in the Greek, but it wouldn’t surprise me if God may have made that intentional in the English) to spend on others for him. If we hide ourselves away from whatever God has called us to do, we will wither. Maybe not immediately or all at once, but we will long to not miss out on the good things God has called us to do and to become.

So whatever it is for you, don’t hide yourself away. You’re an incredible creation of Christ, you are AMAZING in him. Go for it!!

Luke 8:16,

“No one lights a lamp and hides it in a clay jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, they put it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light.

 

Matthew 25:14-30

14 “For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants[a]and entrusted to them his property. 15 To one he gave five talents,[b] to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16 He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. 17 So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. 18 But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money.19 Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 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.’ 21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.[c] You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’22 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.’23 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.’ 24 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, 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours.’26 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? 27 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. 28 So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29 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. 30 And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

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9 thoughts on “Parable of the Talents

  1. What a great reminder! Yes! Give back to God in full view all that has been giving to us. Sow it in good soil so the harvest is of eternal value. I was just talking about this in devotions with my husband. What will be the lasting legacy? What kind of seeds did we sow with what was given? It’s a sobering thought.
    Great post!

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    1. Thank you!! Agreed, I haven’t been thinking about it in those terms lately, in the eternal implications. I have been spending too much time thinking about the immediate and short term impacts…which can really cloud my understanding. I definitely need to be having that eternal perspective in the things I am doing (and not doing but should be) for God.

      It’s sobering indeed, but I want to be sobered up now instead of at the bema seat, or even years later on in life. We have a lot of work to do that must be done now for the Kingdom which will last into eternity!

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  2. Thanks for the refresher! This was a good read. The every day tasks of life (even the best) can distract us from God’s best; His ultimate glory.
    My husband and I recently read Exodus and continued to see “The Lord has filled him with the Spirit of God, with skill and ability and knowledge…” Ex 35:31- 36:2 as God equipped the Israelites to prepare the Tent of Meeting. He’d just given them a surplus of provision and then He equipped them to use it. The purpose was to have a place where God dwelled among His people; where His glory was manifest.
    You reminded me that applies to us today. Thanks for sharing your ‘talent’ here! And take joy to boldly multiply it wherever He leads you.

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    1. Thank you so much Shelly! I like that a lot, what you and your husband kept seeing in Exodus. You know what that reminded me of? Hebrews ch 3-4, where it keeps repeating, ‘Today if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts.’ Which to my logic, if something is in the Bible, it’s very important. If it’s repeated, then it’s very important. And if God repeats some thing 3 times in two chapters, it’s probably something so important that it’s critical to operating in this world successfully in relationship with Jesus. Basically, I need to take heed, I need to do what he says here! Haha!

      That’s awesome though that God just kept pouring himself out and equipping his people to do what he wanted, to prepare the Tent of Meeting. Love that connection and definitely something we need to remember when reinvesting our talents for God, that he will equip us to do the work, instead of us hiding out. Which we need to trust him in over our fears.

      Thank you for sharing! And thanks for commenting! I enjoy hearing your thoughts! Blessings to you and your husband!

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  3. Reading it and doing it are two different things… and often very difficult, for me at least. This kind of remind me of how God so often takes me out of my comfort zone and I go “no, no… don’t want to… okay, let’s go Lord” – he he he. It’s rarely Kingdom work He takes me to though, at least not directly, I’m still learning how to have a teachable heart, so we’ll see what He has in store for me in the future.

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    1. Amen to this. I can get excited about it and say I’m doing it and all that jazz, but I still say the exact same thing you do when it’s time to go. Haha! We’re definitely the same this way.

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  4. Joel, thank you for sharing your heart and how God is working where you are. From experience I have learned over the years and taught my grandchildren three things that help when we are not sure what the Lord is doing, or leading us to do. Consider the possibilities through prayer and God’s word and (in three words) use Caution. Ask the Lord to show you what to look for, so that you know it is not just your inclinations that are leading you blindly into failure. Then, be Confident to go forward. And with Courage know that the Lord is leading and working through you for His glory. In this will be the joy of the servant for whatever He has for you in the Kingdom. I pray His blessings for you as you continue to serve Him. Have a blessed and fruitful week. ~ Fran

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    1. This is really great wisdom Fran. I will be taking your words and wisdom along with me into the journey of seeking out and doing God’s will. I really loved this. Thank you. I hope you have a blessed week too 🙂 Joel

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