14 ‘For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; 15 to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16 The one who had received the five talents went off at once and traded with them, and made five more talents. 17 In the same way, the one who had the two talents made two more talents. 18 But the one who had received the one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. 19 After a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. 20 Then the one who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five more talents, saying, “Master, you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five more talents.” 21 His master said to him, “Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.” 22 And the one with the two talents also came forward, saying, “Master, you handed over to me two talents; see, I have made two more talents.” 23 His master said to him, “Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.” 24 Then the one who had received the one talent also came forward, saying, “Master, I knew that you were a harsh man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed; 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.” 26 But his master replied, “You wicked and lazy slave! You knew, did you, that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I did not scatter? 27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have received what was my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him, and give it to the one with the ten talents. 29 For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. 30 As for this worthless slave, throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
Notes on Matthew 25:14-30.
The parable reveals to us the supremacy of God and His compassion over all creation, us included. It is a wonderful manifestation of the Kingdom order of service, accountability, transparency, and fairness in remuneration without vilification and blackmailing. In this parable God is depicted as the prime business manager of all the universe, the field, and His son, Christ Jesus as the sole supervisor and cashier and us the servants working in His vineyard. It is a call to serve and utilise all our God-given skills in our daily living. It is also a caution against wasting and negligence of our time on earth when we should be at work in faithfulness for His creation. May I ask you and me to reflect on these questions: Where do we see the fruits of our labour as a community or individuals under the authority of God Almighty? Where can we improve in our capacity building, in relationships with God and each other and in serving and connecting with God’s people in this century? How do we see God in this parable and Him exercising Justice as Our Judge and Father? Let ALL USE OUR TALENTS according to God’s gifts in each of us.