Parable of the Talents
Matthew 25:14-29 NKJV
“For the kingdom of heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money. After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them. “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.’ He also who had received two talents came and said, ‘Lord, you delivered to me two talents; look, I have gained two more talents besides them.’ His lord said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord.’ “Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.’ “But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents. ‘For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away.”
This is my favorite parable of all of Jesus’ parables or at least the parable that I understand the most. He has taught me so much from it.
He has placed a deposit on the inside of each of us. Inside of you is great purpose. You were created with the personality, the physique, the ability and the desire to fulfill your purpose. God doesn’t create a toaster to mow the grass. Each one of us is a master piece of art that was created on purpose. It makes sense that you enjoy your purpose. It makes sense that you enjoy studying about your field. It makes sense that joy comes from chasing your purpose.
In this parable, Jesus, the Head of the church, has given talents to these men. These men represent all people. Every person born has a purpose. Every person born has been given the tools necessary to fulfill their purpose. The first two represent hearts that have received the seed of the word and have produced fruit. The last person represents something different.
God the Father has to be understood as a businessman. Business makes the world go around. Business deals with investment and returns. Sowing and reaping. God is an awesome investor. He expects a return on his investment. When the last servant did not produce an investment, it angered Him.
Why, did not the last servant not produce a return? Truly, it is a pity. It all came from his view of God. How you view God is so important. He said of God, you are a hard man. So he chose to go the safe direction.
How many in the Body of Christ are choosing the safe direction? They view God as a micromanager. They are afraid of making him upset. They are afraid that they are being prideful. They want to be automatons; robots. Tell me what to do and I will do it. Too afraid to make a move. They want a micromanager. They want to be reactive and not proactive. This man knew God was a hard man.
Yet, this is not God. God is a loving father that wants to see you successful. He is walking on the water, bidding you to come to Him. When He puts His word in you, it is the seed of a dream. You begin to dream. You can’t help but to dream. The world belongs to dreamers. Nothing is accomplished in this earth that does not start off as a dream. God is not going to push you or beg you. That is not how He operates. He puts His word in you and lets it grow. He lets it produce. How you respond to it determines if you will fulfill your purpose.
In the parable the first two servants took what was given and started to operate. They were proactive. They didn’t ask permission. (There is a sequence in God, though that must be learned. There is a period of waiting. See the blog “Abiding in Him”.) They moved. They knew what they were given. They pursued the dream inside of them and they were fruitful. Do you think they made mistakes? I do. Everyone does. Do you think they failed? I do. Everyone does.
The last servant was afraid.
Even what was given to him, was taken away. Why? Because God is going to get a return on His investment. I used to feel pity on the last servant. I used to relate to him. I used to think God was in the wrong. How could a loving God take away from him that had nothing to begin with and give it to the one who already has? It was because I failed to see what was in me, and when you fail to see what is in you, you will have a skewed vision of God.
Romans 4:13 NKJV
“For the promise that he would be the heir of the world was not to Abraham or to his seed through the law, but through the righteousness of faith.”
Romans 8:15-17 NKJV
“For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if indeed we suffer with Him, that we may also be glorified together.”
Galatians 3:29 NKJV
“And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”
You are a joint-heir with Jesus. This world belongs to you. The promise that Abraham would be heir of the world applies to you. He has given you His Spirit. He has given you a dream. He has overcome the world. He has made you an overcomer. He has placed victory inside of you. It is impossible for you to fail.
Why was God upset? He put so much inside of the servant. The servant squandered what was given. He was a Ferrari that saw himself as a scooter. Why would He give more to that servant? I, no longer, see myself as that servant. I now understand God’s point of view.
Do you think God answers because you whine and beg? God desires you to grow up. (See the Growing Up blogs) To walk by faith. To meet Him on the water. He has enough babies crying about their lot in life. He is looking for men and women to recognize the investment that He has placed inside of them and to rise up into the fullness of their calling; their responsibility to be productive, to multiply and to have dominion. This is not a “if it by thy will” request, this is a mandate and a commandment from God. Go, produce fruit, multiply and conquer. The earth is yours. Your portion is only limited by your own faith and thinking.
Why, do those who have seem to get more? Because they work the investment placed inside of them and they don’t ask permission. When you realize what God has put inside of you and that you already have all the permission that you need, you will begin to produce. You will begin to break chains and restrictions on your life. God desires you to be fruitful. Not just desires but commands.
How you handle what is placed inside of you now will determine your portion in the next age. The servants that were productive received more authority. That more authority represents this age and in the age to come.
Determine in yourself that you will go after what He has placed inside of you! Pick yourself up and go!