What are the talents that God has given us? They are the opportunities we have toserve Him as a servant. It is our opportunity to become a slave to righteousness, insteadof a slave to sin.We need to understand what it means to be a slave to righteousness before we canreally understand this parable. A slave to righteousness means you accept Jesus Christ as both your Master and also your Savior—that He died to pay the penalty for your sin.Therefore, whatever good works you do, they are for your benefit. The end result is thegift of eternal life, bought by Jesus.The other option is to be a slave to sin, which is what all of us are without Jesus.Without Jesus to redeem us, it is impossible for us to escape sin. Sin becomes our master.When we are without Jesus, everything we do is without grace and tainted with sin— even the things we do with good intentions are not acceptable to God.We need to accept Jesus as our Lord in order to serve Him as a slave. Only oncewe are slaves to righteousness can we do good in God’s sight.
2. The faithful servantsv16-17
The man who had received the five talents went at once and put his money towork and gained five more. So also, the one with the two talents gained two more.
The second thing we need to notice in this parable is the faithfulness of the goodservants. Jesus says these servants went at once and put their master’s money to work.They didn’t waste any time in obeying their master, and they continued working a longtime until their master returned.So, the big question here is what does it mean when these servants gained fivemore or two more? What does this mean we should do? Is it only doing good things? Idon’t think it is simply doing good works. Remember, this parable is about the quality of faithfulness, not about the quantity of the result.What we need to focus on is the attitude of the faithful servants, and then we cansee the result of that attitude:
Their attitude made them obey their master immediately and persevere even whenthey didn’t see him around. In the same way, we need faith to obey an unseenGod. These servants in Jesus’ parable obeyed faithfully, even when their master was not around. In our lives, it is very easy to just slip back and ignore God. It isvery hard sometimes to keep going when we don’t know when we will be calledto account. Really, can we all say that we are living as though Jesus were coming back tomorrow? And how would that affect how you live your life? Are you afaithful servant and a wise virgin?
These servants did realize a big return on their efforts. When we obey God, our efforts will produce spiritual fruit, if not the fruit that we can see. Remember thefocus is not on the quantitative aspect, but on quality. That is why Galatians 5 saysthe fruit of the Spirit is love, peace, joy, patience, kindness, goodness,faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Those are fruit, but they are qualitative,not quantitative. And remember Matthew 6 where Jesus responded to those whosaid they prophesied and drove out demons in His name: “Away from me, youevildoers, I never knew you!” Jesus said those people did evil!
Their reward. These servants received praise and reward from God. One thing thatreally keeps me going is to remember that God is totally and completely just.There is nothing you lose in this world for the sake of God that you will not