by Pastor Gene
“For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. 15 To one he gave five talents, 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. 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.’
- The Master has indeed gone away on a journey, but He is definitely coming back.
- He’s entrusted each of His servants with a certain treasure which He expects will be invested on His behalf to bring forth an increase.
- He alone decides who receives which treasure and its amount.
- While no servant is responsible for investing what he or she has not been given, EVERY servant is responsible to invest what he or she has been given on the Master’s behalf.
- There will be a day of reckoning for how we have used what’s been entrusted to us.
- The servants who have invested their treasure on behalf of the Master’s Kingdom are called “good and faithful” servants and will be rewarded for their faithfulness at the Master’s return.
- There is a personal blessing that accrues to those servants who faithfully invest that with which they’ve been entrusted: they “enter into the joy” of their Master!
- The servant who buried the treasure entrusted to him is called “wicked and slothful.” Notice how he mischaracterized his Master’s character in 25:24. He didn’t put the money in the bank to let it accumulate interest because, if he had, there would have been a record of it. Instead, he buried it. And why did he do this? Because he never really thought the Master was coming back. If his Master did not return, he could dig up the treasure and spend it on himself; if He did return, he could simply dig it up and return it to the Master (although without interest or increase). This entire ordeal paints a picture of faithlessness and unbelief.
In all of this, there is the reminder that whatever treasure is entrusted to God’s servants is NOT THEIRS to use as they will. It’s God’s – and He will expect a return from His investment.
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