Parable of the talents
pitfalls and perspective
When someone has more than me, does God love or delight more in them than me?
14 “For it is just like a man who was about to take a journey, and he called his servants together and entrusted them with his possessions.
15 To one he gave five talents, to another, two, and to another, one, each according to his own ability; and then he went on his journey.
16 The one who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he [made a profit and] gained five more.
17 Likewise the one who had two [made a profit and] gained two more.
18 But the one who had received the one went and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.
19 “Now after a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them.
20 And the one who had received the five talents came and brought him five more, saying, ‘Master, you entrusted to me five talents. See, I have [made a profit and] gained five more talents.’
21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful and trustworthy over a little, I will put you in charge of many things; share in the joy of your master.’
22 “Also the one who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you entrusted two talents to me. See, I have [made a profit and] gained two more talents.’
23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful and trustworthy over a little, I will put you in charge of many things; share in the joy of your master.’
24 “The one who had received one talent also came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a harsh and demanding man, reaping [the harvest] where you did not sow and gathering where you did not scatter seed.
25 So I was afraid [to lose the talent], and I went and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is your own.’
26 “But his master answered him, ‘You wicked, lazy servant, you knew that I reap [the harvest] where I did not sow and gather where I did not scatter seed.
27 Then you ought to have put my money with the bankers, and at my return I would have received my money back with interest.
28 So take the talent away from him, and give it to the one who has the ten talents.’
29 “For to everyone who has [and values his blessings and gifts from God, and has used them wisely], more will be given, and [he will be richly supplied so that] he will have an abundance; but from the one who does not have [because he has ignored or disregarded his blessings and gifts from God], even what he does have will be taken away.
30 And throw out the worthless servant into the outer darkness; in that place [of grief and torment] there will be weeping [over sorrow and pain] and grinding of teeth [over distress and anger].
1. Burying your talent is Temptation and Pride.
2. Look at what they are doing and what they have.
3. I feel like a loser.
4. Self pity and discouragement come and over take you.
5. God is unfair-why?
6. I’m leaving, I quit, now you have buried your talent.
7. He had a distrust of God, said I feared and knew that you were a hard man and you only gave me one talent. Saw God as hard and unjust.
8. He indulged his own wicked,slothful, interest. A form of self worship, it’s about me.
9. No love for God or his fellow neighbor.
10. Where is gratefulness for what God has given.
11. We must fight the good fight of faith.
1 Timothy 6:12
Fight the good fight of the faith [in the conflict with evil]; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and [for which] you made the good confession [of faith] in the presence of many witnesses.
12. Be faithful and content with what God has given you.
5 Trust in and rely confidently on the Lord with all your heart
And do not rely on your own insight or understanding.
6 In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him,
And He will make your paths straight and smooth [removing obstacles that block your way].
11 Not that I speak from [any personal] need, for I have learned to be content [and self-sufficient through Christ, satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or uneasy] regardless of my circumstances.
12 I know how to get along and live humbly [in difficult times], and I also know how to enjoy abundance and live in prosperity. In any and every circumstance I have learned the secret [of facing life], whether well-fed or going hungry, whether having an abundance or being in need.
13 I can do all things [which He has called me to do] through Him who strengthens and empowers me [to fulfill His purpose—I am self-sufficient in Christ’s sufficiency; I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him who infuses me with inner strength and confident peace.]