Mathew 25:20-21, ‘ So he who had received five talents came and brought five other talents, saying, Lord, you delivered to me five talents; look, I have gained five more talents besides them’. His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord’.
Jesus has used many parables to make us understand the importance of the Kingdom of God. Out of the 39 parables, 13 parables are about the Kingdom of Heaven, and each of these parables teaches us different and deeper truths. What is kingdom of God? Romans 14:17, ‘for the kingdom of God is not food and drink, but righteousness and peace and Joy in the Holy Spirit.’ God has given us the freedom of choice between good and the bad, but he has suggested us to choose the good. That’s why he said in Mathew 6:33, ‘Seek ye first the kingdom of God and his righteousness.’ You need to pursue the kingdom of God and after you find it, let it be your priority. This is what God wants us to do in terms of his kingdom. Luke 17:20-21 says, ‘Now when He was asked by the Pharisees about when the Kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, “ The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say. ‘ see here!’ or ‘ see there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you”. Where God is, there is his rule and his kingdom. Mathew 18:20, “for where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them”. So while we are in this world, we enjoy the joy and peace of Kingdom of God, which is not seen with our naked eyes. But we must keep our lamps burning and waist girded to enter the real Kingdom of God. David says in Psalm 4:7, ‘You have put gladness in my heart, more than in the season that their grain and wine increased’. Later on, when he committed the sin against the Lord, he cries in Psalms 51:12, “Restore to me the joy of your salvation and uphold with Your generous Spirit.” The peace in the Kingdom of God is neither salary increase nor promotion, but it is the joy of our salvation. Even Habakkuk recognized the Kingdom of God in the midst of his generation (Habakkuk 3:17-18).Out of the thirteen parables, let us study about this parable which teaches us to be faithful in what we are given. Jesus is teaching through this parable of talents that we must to be faithful while we enjoy the goodness of his kingdom in this world, so that we remain faithful to enter the kingdom of God. Let this message bring you peace and strength in the Lord.
Let me draw the characters of this passage.
Here we see one master and three servants. Master was a hard man who liked to reap the harvest from where he had not sown. He gathered from where he had not scattered the seed. Out of the three servants, two were good and faithful and one was wicked, unfaithful and lazy.
This master is compared to our Lord and the servants, to his children.
Mathew 25:14-15 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And 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
This man being a hard master knew the ability of his servants. If a man can understand the ability of another man, then how much more can our Heavenly Father understand. He knows our ability and our weakness. Another thing to notice is that though this man was a hard man, he delivered his goods to his servants according to their ability. If he knows what is to be delivered and to whom, then how much more does our God knows? Every child of God is gifted, but these gifts differ from person to person. Our God shows no partiality. He gives according to his will and our ability. 1 Corinthians 12:4-10. ‘Now there are diversities of Gifts, but same spirit. There are differences of ministries, but same Lord.’ If you still read further, we see that everyone is gifted, but God has allotted different gifts to each one of us. So our responsibility is to understand what God has allotted to us.
Most of the Christians don’t know as to what gifts God has put inside them. Let this message be a blessing to you. Now you may ask ‘why this diversity?’ And why can’t God give same gifts to all? Good Question! Here is the answer. Romans 13:4, ‘for as we have many members in one body, all the members do not have the same function. Now let us go more deeper. 1 Corinthians 12:12-13, ‘ For as the body is one and has many members, but all members of that one body, being many, are one body, so also is Christ. For by one spirit we were all baptized into one body- whether Jews or Greeks, whether slaves or free – and have all been made to drink into one spirit.’ So it’s clear that we all are members of Body of Christ. As all the members of the same body function differently, so all the members attached to the body of Christ has different roles, but of one Spirit. If the denomination knew this truth, there wouldn’t be any envy and conflicts.
1 Corinthians 12:18, ‘But now God has set the members, each one of them just as He pleased.’ Here this man gave five talents to one, two talents to another and one to the third servant because he knew the ability of each. Do not be jealous if God is using someone more mightily than you, but realize that God has bestowed on him that gift according to his will and that person’s ability.
Now let’s see what these servants did after receiving talents from their master.
Mathew 25:16-17, ‘Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.’This master was a hard man but still he expected something from his servants. Then how much more will our Father in heaven expect from us? The problem with us is that after receiving the talents, we sit idle; we think that God has finished his work in us by giving us the gift. Paul says in Romans 13:6, ‘Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, let us use them;’ He says, ‘let us use the gift’. Let us trade and gain more through the gift that is received by grace. If God has given us the gift of prophesy; let us prophesy in proportion to our faith. Likewise, if your gift is singing – you better sing and if it is of speech—do speak. If you sit idle, whatever you have will be taken away from you, but if you use it for the glory of God, you will receive more by the power of God. So before the gift is taken from you, realize what God has bestowed on you and use them for the Glory of God. If you notice, these two servants traded what they had…In other words; they were faithful in what they were given. Nowadays, it is hard to find faithful people. We have professionals– professional speaker, professional singer, and professional musicians. Gift of God must not be used as a profession. Profession demands ability alone. So if you use the gift of God as a profession, you are depending on your ability more than the power and grace of God. Let me remind you. Gift of God will not work in our ability. It is like the branch not attached to the vine, because Jesus said “Ye can do nothing without me”.
Today’s world, including the church, is behind talented person. But you can never make out if he is a faithful. God wants some faithful people who will keep their lamp burning. These two servants were faithful in what they were given and they used the little they had. My beloved, you may not have great gifts like others. But realize one thing. If you choose to use what is inside you, God will exalt you to the level you never thought. Be faithful over few things and God will make you ruler over many. Now many of us think that we must be faithful when we are in the presence of God. No! We must be faithful even in our job and in our family. After all, if a man is not faithful to his wife, then how can he be faithful to God? If he is unfaithful to those that is seen, how can he be faithful to him who is unseen?
Now let us see the third servant who was wicked and lazy.
Mathew 25:18, ‘But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.’
God taught me a few points about this unfaithful servant as to why he was wicked and lazy?
1) He did not know his Master’s will
2) He did not use the talent
3) He was ignorant about what was given to him
If you are a person who is hiding what God has given to you, then you must read the above points. The other two servants knew the will of the master and that’s why they traded with the talents. They knew what was given to them. They used the talents and they were ready to do the work for their master. Since we are the members of the Body of Christ, let us function accordingly, where God has put us and let us use the gift that God has bestowed on us.
Luke 12:47 and 48, ‘ And that servant who knew his master’s will, and did not prepare himself or do according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. But he who did not know, yet committed things worthy of striped, shall be beaten with few…The third servant did not know as to what was given to him- He did not know that the 1 talent which he had was able to gain more talents, which would have pleased his master…He was ignorant about his master and his will. Are you ignorant like him?
Make up your mind today before God plans to take that remaining gift in you and give to someone else. If you know what God has kept inside you – try to use that talent for the Glory of God. Be faithful in every way. If we learn about Joseph, he was faithful in every circumstance. Even if you are in Potipher’s house – be faithful. No matter what the people say, be faithful in your calling. God will never leave us….Both the faithful servants were able to enter the joy of their lord. Let us be faithful to God. We can pretend before men, but do you think you can act before God? Be not men pleasers …Let us be God pleasers by being faithful to him till the end.
May God bless you