Today in church the preacher talked about the Parable of the Talents. Matthew 25:14-30
My interpretation is: The master went away, but before he went he gave one slave 5 talents (in those days, a talent was a monetary unit), 1 slave two talents and 1 slave 1 talent. The guy with 5 and 2 both went to work and doubled their talents. The slave with 1, buried his so he wouldn’t take a chance on losing it. The master was happy with the first two slaves and ticked off at the last guy. You’re supposed to work with the talent(s) you have — not bury it! He told him he’d be miserable and everyone in his family would be unhappy too.
The preacher asked us to look at this story a little differently.
Imagine that God was the master, and he has given us all talents (the ability to do something well) – some more than others. But we all have talent, in some degree. The object is to use your talent to make a difference. Both to those around you and to yourself. You don’t want to hid your light under a bushel basket (another parable)!
Now this is how parables work. They are a short story that illustrates a universal truth. Jesus told a lot of parables. Can you see the universal truth in this one?
I can – we are all given talent (not money, not fame, not wealth – but a special natural ability). What we do with it is totally up to us.
How are you using your talent?