Matthew 25:14-30


by Linda McCranie

We have much to learn from Matthew 25:14-30, often called the parable of the talents. In this passage Jesus speaks with his disciples about the importance of Christian stewardship. He describes an interaction between a vineyard lord and three of his servants, two good servants and a slothful one.

The good servants were given multiple talents (a form of money) and they put their lord's money to use and gained a return of twice as many talents as they were given. The slothful servant was given one talent, which he hid in the earth until his lord returned to retrieve it.

To the slothful, who had digged in the earth and hid his lord's money... the lord replied ...thou oughtest to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I could have received my own with usury.

This scripture shows the principle of stewardship where we should properly manage whatever GOD gives us. We must faithfully exercise, develop, capitalize on, and utilize the raw talents, gifts, and opportunities that God gives us. In doing so, God will enhance these talents and gifts for his glory. This can be challenging, but it is rewarding. "We have received from Christ to give back to him; and it is the Christian's privilege to be employed as his redeemer's servant." ~ Matthew Henry

Let us be as the good servant in verse 25:21, Well done thou good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things..., and not as the slothful — who hid God's gift in the earth.

By obeying the principle of good stewardship the Lord will give us all things that pertain to life and godliness. The Lord rewards us with many good things over time as we value his word and show our appreciation for his guidance by being obedient servants. The bible says better is the end of a thing than the beginning Ecclesiates 7:8. As we exercise ourselves to always do our best with, care for and use GOD's gifts we will be astonished at the resources we harbor already. But the richest gain is the assurance that we have served well and profited our precious and loving savior.

For further study see Luke 6:21 and Luke 3:5

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