Jesus has been both instructing and illustrating about greatness in the Kingdom and great crowds began to follow him. Most recently he has, for the third time, specifically predicted his death and resurrection, though most did not understand this was the redemptive fulfillment of His life. What is coming is a sham trial, public beating and mocking, and the death of a condemned criminal among criminals. We are now in the last week of Jesus’ life. His entry into Jerusalem, his final instructions to the crowds and to the disciples. Now the question comes: if Jesus is leaving as predicted, when is He coming back? And now, the sequel question, who is He coming for, how will we be held accountable for our lives?
26 “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? 27 Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.
28 “‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. 29 For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 30 And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ Matthew 25:26-30.
1. Each One Given from God According to our Ability. The start of life is fairness and generosity, from God to us. At the onset, it is described as ‘according to his ability." The 5 talents, the 2 talents, the 1 talent. No fault given for differing ability. Rather an expectation that we will do well with what we are given. At the start, from God, to us, fairness, generosity, and expectation of living our lives in a productive manner.
2. The Blame Game. To the first two servants, praise for doing something productively with what was given to each of them. Bot to the third, who sat and hid, and no production, the blame game – ‘you are a hard man’… resulting in his fear and doing nothing.
3. Proof of Lives Well Lived is in the Results Produced by that Life. The third servant’s true motivation and wasted opportunities in life came out. You wicked, lazy servant, not even a little effort or wisdom, resulting in losses of what he was hoarding and trying to protect.
What is the application? The parable of the talents meaning is that Jesus is coming back. It might seem like he is delayed. Not coming back. But he is. One day the King will return, and we will be held accountable for how we have used what God has given us. So what are our talents or entrustments – what everyone has:
There it is! These are talents we all have. This is our spiritual investment portfolio. Rather than blaming God, retreating in fear, using all of these as opportunities to invest in eternity. For two reasons: because of our love for Jesus, who is coming back; and because we will all give an account of how we have done with what we have. Amazing truths. God’s best to you this week. Third and final parable, on the sheep and the goats, next week, telling us how to live in light of eternity. Blessings.