There’s a parable of Jesus I live with every day. It’s on my mind, motivating me and convicting me at the same time. In Matthew 25 Jesus gave “The Parable of the Talents” to his disciples. The theme of this parable is: “Invest what God gives you!” Jesus begins the story by saying, “Again, it (the kingdom of heaven) will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his property to them” (Matt. 25:14). What jumps out at me here are the words “his property.” Jesus reminds us that the talents, gifts, and opportunities we have are not “ours” but God’s. They are “entrusted” to us with the expectation that we will use what we are given to bring increase to the owner. Looking ahead, we realize…there’s coming a day of reckoning. “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them” (v. 19). The servants who gained by investing the master’s property are commended by the master with the immortal words, “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things!” (v. 23). The servant who did nothing with the master’s property receives frightful condemnation.
Here are a couple “every day on my mind” takeaways from this parable:
1) Words are not enough. The master doesn’t say, “Well said”, or “Well taught, or even, “Well preached”…it is “Well done”. The world today is filled with people spouting endless words and empty promises. A faith of mere words is no faith at all.
2) Faithful service delights our Lord. The Lord Jesus not only blesses us with abilities and talents but also gives us the Holy Spirit to help us put these into practice. At the end of a life of obedient investment, He invites us to, “Come and share your master’s happiness!” (vv. 21, 23). We are saved by grace through faith. We prove the genuineness of our faith by obedient service. Let’s go after the “Well done”!