14 “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 -Matthew 25
I love the parables Jesus told, because they are so packed with meaning. This passage of course is the parable of the talents, a story of investment. However, I wanted to just focus on the idea that the master of the household gave to his servants, his property, or as another version put it, "his possessions." All of what the man had in this world he entrusted to his servants to manage, and that takes a lot of trust.
So, why did Jesus tell such a story, what was His point in doing so? Salvation is a free gift, and once we believe in Christ, there isn't much of a need for anything else. Besides, this story sounds to me like a works oriented parable, not one of grace. Does God expect that we do something with the free gift of salvation? Much like the servants who were given the free gift of managing the master's possessions, the master expected that his servants would invest his assets to gain more. The master knew the ability of his servants, so he did not invest foolishly knowing the gifts and talents of each of his staff. Everyone is not created equal with the kind of talents and gifts that are necessary to lead people. For example, some people get advanced degrees, and do nothing with the education they received. Others meanwhile, inherit large sums of money, only to go broke within a few short years. Some people are given leadership positions, but they aren't equipped to lead. Some just do not have the ability to lead, change the course of direction, or challenge the status quo of our current culture. The master in this story did not cast pearls before swine, he was wise in how he distributed his wealth to be managed.
Later in the story, the master calls for accountability, and the day of reckoning takes place. How have you lived with what you have been given? Did you invest HIS treasure, and if so, what do you have to show Him?
You see, Jesus is concerned about His investment into each person who comes to faith. His possessions is His Word, and God invests in us, according to the ability found in each person. It is by their ability that they are given much, or given little, but all are required to invest what they have, so that more people can come to Christ. Isn't that what Jesus intended? He went away, but entrusted His possession of God Word to the church, with the expectation that they would invest wisely in others so that His treasure of people would grow.
So, our ability, and God's trust are the keys in how we invest what He has given to us. Do we invest what God has given to us wisely, and proficiently? The greatest reward God gives to us, is the reward of being acknowledged by Him for being good and faithful, with what He has entrusted to us. The ability to be faithful is one of the greatest gifts we could possess, especially when everything around us is trying to get us to be unfaithful to everyone who has importance to us. Faithfulness to God should be a high priority in our lives, it is the only thing that is worth a great price in God's economy.
Keeping it honest and truthful....K