Jesus’ Parables: The Talents

We live on this earth for one reason: to love and serve God our Creator. He loves us so much and has given us the very breath we breathe. He gives us physical blessings in this life to enjoy. Above all He has given us every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus our Savior. He has given us His holy Word. He has told us what we must do to be saved. He has taught us how to live a righteous life. He has granted us to have forgiveness in Christ Jesus. And He tells us that one day this physical world is going to come to an end. Then comes judgment. We will all be judged by the Lord based on everything we’ve done whether good or bad. By the grace of God we can be ready for that day. But will we be? Are we ready? We knows that days coming. So are we living for that day? Are we ready for that day to come?

Read the following parable Jesus gave in Matthew 25:14-30 to stir up your heart and mind to be ready for that day to come:

“For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money.

Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I have made five talents more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’

And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here, I have made two talents more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’

He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours.’ But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’”

God has given all of us the mission to live for Him. We may not all have the same abilities, positions, or provisions but we are all called to live faithfully for the Lord. One day the Lord is coming back to see what we’ve done, how we’ve lived. What will He find in you? What will He find in me? Are we ready for Him to come? Are we living faithfully for Him each day in all that we say, do, and think? There is a reward of eternal life waiting for all God’s faithful people. Be faithful. Be righteous. Be ready.

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