We Have Been Entrusted

The “Parable of the Talents” can be found in Matthew 25:14-29. This is a passage that is frequently discussed, but as with all of the scriptures, there is much we can learn by returning to it again and again.

Notice for instance that in verse 14, Jesus includes the detail that the man “entrusted his possessions” to his servants. In many ways, this is exactly what Jesus has done to us. He laid the groundwork for His church, and then He left this earth having appointed a group of men to carry out what He had started. To this day, we as the church are described as the body of Christ, carrying out His work in the world. Just as Paul said that he was “under obligation” to preach the gospel to all people, so we have a responsibility with which we have been entrusted by God.

When the man returns from his journey, notice what the one talent man says to his master in verse 24 as an excuse. He suggests that his master is “a hard man, reaping where you did not sow and gathering where you scattered no seed,” and for this reason he decided not to use the talent he was given. When we fail to use the resources that God has given us, are we also, perhaps in a less direct manner, making accusations towards God?

I would invest my talents, but others were given so much more, and it just is not fair. I would invest my talents, but God has put me in a place where my talents are useless anyways.

I would invest my talents, but God made a mistake by giving them to me, he should have given them to someone with more free time.”

If God has made the decision to entrust us with various abilities and resources, we must not insist that the best thing for us to do is sit idly by, and thus suggest that He made a mistake or is being unreasonable to expect us to bear fruit.

Lastly, notice that the one talent man is not reprimanded for having less to start with than the others did. After all, his master was the one who decided to give Him that one talent. Nor does the master does complain about the fact that the one-talent man has less now than the others do. Even if the one talent man had invested and had a good return, he might still have only had two talents, which would have been less than anyone else.

Instead, the one talent man is reprimanded for doing nothing.

It would seem that God is not angry with us simply because we are not particularly rich or talented. Rather, if He is displeased, it will be because we made excuses and did not use what we did have.