Thursday, October 24, 2019

Parable of the Talents – Matthew 25:14-30

29 For to everyone who has, more will be added and he will become well-to-do; but from the one who has less, even what he has will be snatched.
30 And throw this worthless servant into the dark night, where there will be weeping and grinding of teeth.’”

Matthew 25:14-30

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This parable of the talents is a perfect example of our lives here on earth. God created each and everyone us and placed us here on earth for a purpose. He put into each of us different talents so that we can use them to work on His behalf here on earth. There is so much work here on earth to be done and God cannot do it on His own, so He creates us and gives us different strengths to accomplish specific assignments for Him.

Now, how do we identify that specific assignment that God has given us? We know our talents by identifying those passions and hobbies that we find ourselves doing effortlessly, with self-drive, and also which benefit positively those around us. For example, you may have a passion for helping the needy and the orphans, therefore you use any coin or time you have at your disposal to be of service to them. That is one of the talents that Jesus is talking about!

Others may have passions, knowledge or training in being a doctor. Now, Jesus tells us that, that is a talent that has been given to you by God. You know, its Gods work to heal but He has delegated that work to you as a doctor to take care of the sick by treating them. And treat them the best you can, with all the knowledge and ability given to you by God. This example applies to all other professions, occupations and skills in the labour market.

Now, let us interweave the example above with this parable. God created the world and entrusted all the possessions in it to man and this man is me and you. We were given different capabilities to make sure we take care of everything around us including the environment, animals and fellow human beings.

Now, at the end of time, God will ask you, “How did you use that talent or knowledge or skills or expertise that I gave you to serve Me and your neighbour?” He will also ask a doctor, “Why did you send away a sick widow without treatment just because she did not have enough for the consultation fee?” These questions will be asked to each one of us by God, if we failed to be of service to other people when we had the opportunity, capacity and capability to do so.

Therefore, let us use our skills, passions, expertise, knowledge etc, to serve those around us, the best way possible, with all the love we have and with utmost justice and by doing this we will be doing the work God created us for. Jesus says, if we do our work well, more will be given to us and we will grow rich but if we do not put our talents into actions, they will be snatched from us.

Again, Jesus says that one was given five talents, another two and another one. This means that for one kind of task, like taking care of the sick in a hospital, different people are given different strengths. May be a nurse could be the one with five talents, a doctor or surgeon with two talents and the lab technician of pharmacist one talent. So depending on where your talent lies, do what is expected of you in the best way possible because that is where you will receive your blessings. Do not belittle your talent just because other people despise it, just follow the voice of God from your heart.

Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, help me to identify my talent so that I may work for You in the best way possible by being of service to other people who require my services. Give me enough graces so that I may never, despise my talent and may I never use my talent to hurt, injure, harm or impose pain to those who come to me for service. Amen.

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Parable of the Talents - Matthew 25:14-30
Parable of the Talents – Matthew 25:14-30