The talents (Matthew 25:14-30) | back
14For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. He called his servants together and gave them each some money for them to invest while he was gone.
15And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. He gave the servants an amount that they could be responsible for according to their ability to earn. Just as God gives us truth in the Word according to our ability to use it and share it. (Make it grow if you will), God is always fair.
16Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. This servant worked and traded until he doubled the money.
17And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. This servant also worked and traded until he doubled the money.
18But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money. This servant hid the money and made no profit at all. (Kind of like hiding a truth of the Word within yourself).
19After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. The lord called the servants together to account for his money.
20And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. Doubled his money.
21His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. The joy of the Lord! Remember how he praises this servant.
22He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. This servant doubled his money also.
23His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. The joy of the Lord! He praises this servant the same as the one with the more money. The exact same blessing! Why? Because our Lord is always 100% fair. God will only expect from you what He gives you and will never give you anymore than you can handle. God does not play favorites!
24Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: Our Heavenly Father is very strict, but we should be able to cut it, if we call ourselves Christians.
25And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. This servant produced nothing. Afraid to take a chance and share a truth of God's Word. Just hung on to it for himself, and would not share it with others.
26His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: Wicked lazy servant! God expects some return on what He gives us.
27Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. You could have at least put the money into a bank so I could have gained a little interest. God at least expects us to plant a seed if not a full truth, and He will take it from their. This servant did not even do that.
28Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. Give it to someone who will do something with it.
29For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. Every man or woman who uses well what they are given shall be given more, and have abundance. But those who are unfaithful, and do not amount to nothing, even the little responsibility shall be taken from them. Do not waste the gifts given to you by God.
30And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Remember that the subject here is still the return of Christ. Make sure you are doing God's will and work at His return. Stay away from the false teachings and traditions of men.