The Parable of the Talents in the Bible helps us understand the thoughts and plans of God for each of us. In Matthew 25:14-30 Jesus used this parable to explain to us that we all are blessed with talents to help us succeed in anything we lay our hands upon.
Most of us are waiting for help from outside, while what we need is what God has given us for the moment. We should go ahead and use what we have at hand because our success, wealth is depended on the talents that God has given us.
As we use the talents God has given us, He will bless and multiply our work and we will be successful in everything we do.
These are 3 unique lessons we can learn from the Parable of the Talents
1. Diligent work leads to success
In Genesis, we see that God placed Adam in the garden to work and take care of it. God made human beings to work and as Christians, we all have a purpose in life that we need to complete here and now.
Many Christians today see their salvation as a sure ticket to heaven and believe it doesn’t matter what they do while they wait for the Lord’s coming. The Parable of the Talents teaches us what we are supposed to do while we await the return of our King.
We must work and use our God-given talents to glorify God, serve the common good, and further God’s kingdom. To be successful is to work diligently now using all the talents God has given us to have the return expected by our Master.
2. God has already given us everything we need to fulfill our calling
Most of us wonder how much one talent could be worth. It could be well worth up to a million dollars in today’s money. We feel bad for the servant who received only one talent, but in fact, he must have got a million dollars from the master and buried it in his backyard. He was given all he needed to be set up for success but did nothing with it.
When the master returned he expected his servants to produce great returns with the money he gave them, in the same way, God expects us to generate a return with the talents He has given each of us. The Apostle Paul writes in Ephesians 2:10: For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.
3. All of us are not created equal
From this parable, we learn that each of us is created differently and uniquely. In vs 15, it says: the master gives to each servant talents, “…each according to his ability.” The master knew beforehand that the servant with one talent was not capable of producing as much as the five-talent servant.
There is equality found in the Parable of the Talents when the servant with 5 talents and the servant with 2 talents produced 5 more and 2 more talents respectively. The master rewards them both equally.
Are we working diligently with the talents that the Lord has given us? Or are we hoping we had someone else’s talents and then we would be set up to succeed? Don’t waste precious time contemplating what to do with your life. Step up and work diligently in everything entrusted to you to do because your master is returning very soon and He is going to reward or punish you according to your works.