The Parable of the Talents
When I was still a small child, I wanted to have a set of Bible stories, with all the colorful pictures and words. But at that time, we cannot afford to buy one so my mother just gave me this small New Testament bible to read. She said that there are so many stories in there about Jesus that I would love to read.
So even without the colourful pictures, I started to read one by one the parables Jesus told his people. I loved every story, absorbing every lesson learned and making use of it on a real life.
And since then, these parables were my favourite bedtime stories... even if I already read it a hundred times.
Here’s one of the parables that has a very clear message to us. But let us define first some words:
Jesus’ Parables are memorable short stories that convey each a message or a teaching. This is also referred to as a short tale that illustrates a universal truth.
Talent is unit of weight of a precious metal such as silver
Matthew 25: 14 – 30
Then Jesus told His people another Parable.
A master was going on a long trip and needed his servants to take care of his property while he was gone. So he called his three servants and gave them each talent of money according to their own ability.
The first servant received five talents of money, the second servant received two talents and the third one received one talent.
After a long time, the master returned from his long journey and called his three servants to him. The first servant who received five talents was eager to show his master that he doubled it. So the master was very pleased. “Well done, you good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with few things so i will put you in charge with few things.”
The second servant who received two talents showed his master that he doubled his money as well. The master was also pleased and the servant received the same appreciation.
The third servant who was given one talent dug up a hole and hid the talent on the ground. He could’ve doubled it too if he managed to use it wisely. Then he accused his master of being a hard man and said he had been afraid of him.
The master got angry with him and took that one talent from the third servant and gave it to the man who had ten talents and punished him for not using the talent properly which was given to him.
So what’s the Parable of the Talents mean?
We need to use whatever our talent (which is referred nowadays as our own special ability) God has given us. If we use it wisely, we could gain more learning and increase our own potential in so many ways.
This parable Jesus teaches us to use the talent and not hid it somewhere. Each and everyone one of us has been given the talent to use properly and wisely. It is up to us how to increase these talents and bore more excellent results.
For quite some time now, I’m always seeking the talent God gave me, I mean; I’m not really good at anything. I can’t sing well much more than dance. I don’t excel in sports. My friends and families say I’m good at writing poems and short stories; I’m very creative on my school projects and arts. I believed them but I don’t believe in myself.
I hid that one talent God gave me for quite a long time. I wrote stories and poems since I’m just a little kid and afraid anyone would see them. But I just realized, if you will use your talent properly, it may grow and touched other people’s heart. And you may never know that in your simplest way, you have helped someone out there who just needs a light from your own words.
Don’t be afraid to show and let the world know of your talent. God handpicked that talent just for you to know that you’re special and will always love by Him.
For sure, there must be something that you can do very well, right?
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