WK 2 Devotional The Parable of the Talents

Matthew 25:14-18

Simply put, a parable is a biblical story that teaches a divine lesson. The way the “The Parable of the Talents” unfolds fits this definition. “Not only do these parables depict Jesus as performing the work of God; they implicitly apply various titles of God to Jesus: the Sower, the Rock, the Shepherd, the Bridegroom, the Father, the Lord, and the King.”

The one element parables have in common is an overall impression that Jesus professed to be Lord. 

Perfecting listening skills is critical to comprehending parables; one must listen intently to the story. It’s not enough to merely scan a parable. Each detail has a specific message, and must intersect collectively. Parables help us identify with the student so that we can learn from the Teacher. The Father wants to watch us grow.

Growing things requires work, perseverance and an ability to count, add, subtract, multiply and divide. To measure investments, effort, time, quality of, and money earned, in accordance with stewardship we must accurately analyze and calculate final figures.

The Bible tells us that when the master returned he was not pleased with the servant who had received the one talent and buried it. Obviously, the message here is “God wants us to expand and build on His gifts not become complacent or slack. We cannot profess to be a soldier in God’s army yet be content in self- orchestrated religious comfort zones. The other two servants proved to be good stewards. Each one showed an increase. In keeping with the practice of reading an entire story, parable or passage here we notice that a reference of time is mentioned. “The Lord gives us time to develop our spiritual fruit. He provides the fruit, all we have to do is water it, tend to the garden and watch it grow.”

“Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them.” Matthew 25:19

The student learns that the master gave each steward time to grow, multiply and increase their worth.

For their diligence, the master expressed his approval in Matthew 25: 21-23:

His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.[c] You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter the joy of your master.’ 22 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.’ 23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.

Anybody who entrusts wealth to another also expects an increase in returns. This scripture compares earnings, efforts and individual actions of each servant. The comparison is inclusive of how those actions relate to being fruitful in our lives.

This parable gives readers a clear picture of what happens to people who cease to grow, stop working or cheat God.

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