For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.
And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.
Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.
And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.
But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money.
After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.
And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.
His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.
His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:
And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.
His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:
Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.
Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.
For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.
And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
This story is very interesting. What I see from it is that if you take what the Lord has given you and use it for his glory, you will please him and reap the rewards. If you take what God has given you and hide it or hold it close, tight-fisted, you won't reap the rewards or please the Lord.
I think that the man giving the talents to his servants in this story relates to Jesus. He has given us 'talents', whether that means money or talents like peacemaking & honesty, and if we use them for his glory now, on earth... we are laying up treasure in heaven, and when he comes back, he will be pleased with us. :)
Think about it this way. Every single thing you do has an effect. Every kind word you speak is like a gold coin dropping into your 'account' up in heaven. However...
every unkind word is like a gold coin disappearing from your account. Let's try and make sure the good outweighs the bad!
I am so thankful that our Heavenly Father is so patient and loving with us, even though we make so many mistakes. He loves us no matter what we do and nothing we could ever do would make him love us a fragment less. But he is so pleased and happy when we try and live in a manner that honors him!
Let's focus on being a shining light for him, taking our 'talent' and using it for his glory!
Love & Hugs,