November 13, 2011
In this passage, we find ourselves in the middle of a series of statements Jesus made about the absent, but imminently returning master. In
Now we come to the Parable of the Talents (
Have you ever wondered why some people seem to be given much responsibility and others are given little? From time to time, we may hear people questioning why a certain person seems to get the great opportunities. Could trustworthiness be a factor?
The story before us is about responsibility, accountability and trust. The text contains three simple and practical truths:
I. The Lord Sovereignly Dispenses His Gifts (v. 15)
The recipient of the gift does not determine the nature, size or function of the gift. “To one he gave five talents, to another two and to another one, to each according to his ability, and immediately he went on a journey.”
God gives us opportunities and abilities to serve Him.
II. The Lord Requires Accountability for His Gifts (v.19)
The master who gave the talents also inspects how those talents are used.
The Christian life is a life of responsibility. We have been entrusted with the gospel. We have been entrusted with the Word of God. God has entrusted His people with His program and purpose on earth. The question is: Can we be trusted?
The apostle Paul pictured how God entrusts His people with valuable treasures in
III. The Lord Responds to the Neglect of His Gifts (v. 26)
Please notice our Lord’s words of anger are not about the person, but about the person’s performance. The one-talent man who buried his talent lost everything. He is a picture of a saved soul and lost life.
Look at Paul’s sobering words in
Your usefulness and fruitfulness in God’s kingdom work will be determined by your trustworthiness. Can you be trusted with all He has given to you?