We have been teaching about saving money. We have been teaching about growing them in investment placements such as the stock market or in businesses. We have been teaching about setting goals for our future. But is stacking up wealth the ultimate and only thing in life that we need to do?
In the Parable of the Talents, there were three servants who were entusted by their masters with “talents”. The first servant was given five talents; the second one with two talents, and the third one with one talent.
For those who are wondering what those “talents” mean in the Bible, this is not about the physical gifts or skills such as singing, dancing, playing basketball, being good in math, et. al. The word talent here pertains to the unit of measurement used for weighing precious metals such as silver or gold. It is also a unit of currency used for computing a laborer’s wage. One talent is equivalent to 6,000 denarii or equivalent to twenty years of work of an ordinary laborer.
In Matthew 25:14, “Jesus told his disciples this parable: “A man going on a journey called in his servants and entrusted his possessions to them.”
The parable did not say that the master transferred ownership of the talents to his servants but were only entrusted to watch over his possessions. In the succeeding passages, the first two servants “invested” the talents and was able to double what they were given. But the third one just dug a hole in the ground and buried his one and only talent. The master blamed the third one and even told him that he should have at least kept the talent in the bank to grow interest.
In our lives, we have been given everything we need. We enjoy our jobs, our food, our clothings, our businesses, our savings, our investments, and the long list goes on and on. And most importantly, we breathe air. We breathe life.
And all these are owned by the Divine One. Our God. And we are all but stewards and entrusted servants of all these “properties” of God. What do we do with the talents or the wealth that we were entrusted with?
Did the master of the servants treat his servants unfair by giving them different values of talents each? Isn’t it clear that the eight talents (the total talents entrusted to the three servants) all belong to the master?
God doesn’t look at the numbers in our portfolio. Or the bottomline of our bank accounts or income statements. He doesn’t look at how big we are in the society or in our organization or in our families. God looks at how we value the small things that matter in life that He has entrusted to us.
Remember in Mark 12:41-44;
“Jesus sat down near the collection box in the Temple and watched as the crowds dropped in their money. Many rich people put in large amounts. Then a poor widow came and dropped in two small coins. Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I tell you the truth, this poor widow has given more than all the others who are making contributions. For they gave a tiny part of their surplus, but she, poor as she is, has given everything she had to live on.”
Do not compare what you have with what others have. God has everything planned for you even before you were born. He knows what you need and He will give you everything that you need to serve a divine purpose.
Dont rest on your laurels or worthless earthly awards. All these shall fade away. Instead, make every little thing you have become more valuable by enriching them in all ways possible. You have been entrusted with power to make things more beautiful and meaningful by becoming His hands in touching the lives of the poorest of the poor.
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