Three servants were entrusted with the possessions and wealth of their master in the Parable of the Talents in Matt. 25. The first servant received five talents, the second servant received two talents, and the third servant received one. The Scripture expressly notes that the master gave these talents to the servants based on their ability (Matt. 25:15). He knew what he was doing in giving such wealth for them to manage as a talent represented 20 years worth of wages. That’s no small amount! The first two servants immediately went out and began to grow their master’s wealth. The third servant? He went and hid it in the ground. As you can imagine, the master was pleased with the first two and angry with the third servant.
This parable of Jesus should sober us up pretty quickly because He’s entrusted so much to us, His servants! For the master to find his servants doing what he asked of them was pleasing. To find a third servant who buried his precious treasure in the ground had to be frustrating to say the least. Jesus is teaching us this parable so we will be ready for His return by being faithful in what He’s asked us to do. He wants us to love Him, live in the power of the Holy Spirit, and share Jesus with the world! Just as the servants gave an account to their master, so we will give an accounting of every area of our lives to Jesus.
Here are the questions I asked us to prayerfully ponder at the end of our time together on Sunday:
Friends, let’s get working with the talents the master has given to us!