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The Parable of the Talents

Updated on May 25, 2019

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.

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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?

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Life Under Construction


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    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

      Life Under Construction 

      7 years ago from Neverland

      Thank you so much for this very kind comment Patrick :)

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      Patrick Collier 

      7 years ago

      You do have quite a talent and I'm fortunate to have discovered it here.I have really enjoyed reading your articles and poems.youve been a teacher passing on wisdom and you've been someone who has uplifted my spirits as well and I thank you :)

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

      Life Under Construction 

      7 years ago from Neverland

      Hi Esrom,

      Thank you :) and fully agree with you!

    • Esrom Art profile image

      Esrom Aritonang 

      7 years ago from Indonesia

      Yes, God already gave us talent. So it depend on use to develop it or not. You write it simple and clear. I like it. God bless you.

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

      Life Under Construction 

      7 years ago from Neverland

      thanks J! I knew you'll like it. You're a bible guru. your hubs about understanding the bible are excellent.

    • josh3418 profile image

      Joshua Zerbini 

      7 years ago from Pennsylvania

      M, I just came across this one! Great job, if only we used our talents instead of putting them to the side. Awesome interpretation of scripture and simplistic approach for your reader! Voted up, useful, and awesome!

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

      Life Under Construction 

      7 years ago from Neverland

      Dave, thank you for stopping by and reading and for your kind words as well.

    • Dave Mathews profile image

      Dave Mathews 

      7 years ago from NORTH YORK,ONTARIO,CANADA

      Unknown: Thank you. I love your explanation of this parable. It is a great lesson for all.

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

      Life Under Construction 

      7 years ago from Neverland

      Hi Dolores, yes, you're correct..sometimes people misunderstood the meaning of the parables. thank you for stopping by :)

    • Dolores Monet profile image

      Dolores Monet 

      7 years ago from East Coast, United States

      A beautiful look at a parable. Lots of people think this one is about investment and how those who use money wisely deserve more than the less financially skilled.

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

      Life Under Construction 

      7 years ago from Neverland

      Thanks James! I knew you'll read this hub :)

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      Olde Cashmere 

      7 years ago

      A fascinating read and I loved the topic of harnessing and using our talents. Great job again unknown spy! Voted up, awesome, beautiful, and interesting :)

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

      Life Under Construction 

      7 years ago from Neverland

      Jase and Frank, thank you so much for reading.

      yes Frank, we have to discover that talent inside us. we just don't sit and wait for the signs to tell us, 'hey, this is your talent'.

    • FSlovenec profile image

      Frank Slovenec 

      7 years ago from San Francisco, CA

      This is a great parable..I teach adult Sunday School and push the participants to use their talents..the question always is: How do I know my talent? Don't sit around try a ministry to work, signs and wonders follow they do not lead..

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      7 years ago

      You have very great hubs unknown spy. I did loved your articles here.

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

      Life Under Construction 

      7 years ago from Neverland

      Very much appreciated.. :-)

      You have a lot of talent..and i know it.

    • Esther Earl profile image

      Esther Earl 

      7 years ago

      after reading your hub, I am thinking talent do I got? hmnn... this is a wonderful hub. You are a gift yourself, yes indeed you have touched people's heart. Voted up always.

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

      Life Under Construction 

      7 years ago from Neverland

      Hi Johan..yeah, thank you so much for the read.

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

      Life Under Construction 

      7 years ago from Neverland

      Michele, thank you so much!!

    • Johan Smulders profile image

      Johan Smulders 

      7 years ago from East London, South Africa

      Good Article, needed by many who feel they are useless!

    • Michele Travis profile image

      Michele Travis 

      7 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio

      This must be one of the talents God gave you. Thank you for using it, or giving it back. Voted up my friend.

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

      Life Under Construction 

      7 years ago from Neverland

      kj force..big thanks for dropping by. have a nice day :D

    • kj force profile image


      7 years ago from Florida

      unknown spy..great are correct, we should find our niche and run with it..I love when someone reads one of my writes and there is a connection..kudos..keep'em coming...

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

      Life Under Construction 

      7 years ago from Neverland

      larry, tobusiness,bmcoll,tamara,john,ann and betty, Thank you sooo much for your kind messages. I really appreciate that you take time to read this parable and its lesson that we can gain. God bless you all and thanks again:)


    • bettybarnesb profile image


      7 years ago from Bartlett, TN

      It is always wonderful to see young people read God's Word. The parables (stories) that Jesus tells are life's truth to live by. Each of us have something special to offer others and we have to be willing to share that love. Thank you for sharing. Beautiful job!

      Be blessed

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      7 years ago from Orange, Texas

      Good choice of parables, us! I think, too that Jesus was trying to tell us that we need to trust Him to know what our talents are and trust Him to show us how to use them. I'm glad you don't hind your talent anymore!

    • John Sarkis profile image

      John Sarkis 

      7 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Hi unknown spy,

      I love parables. I've written one here at HP. It's a parable that occurs towards the end of my novel...anyways, I'm so glad you wrote this awesome hub!

      Voted up and away


    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

      Life Under Construction 

      7 years ago from Neverland

      Hi Sparklea! a BIG THANK YOU!

      Every moment in our life is precious. it is up to us to make use of that moment to gain and to create our own memories. I believed tat if we don't use our talents, time after time, you will lose it. you will forget that you have that capacity and ability to make a change.

      Great message Sparklea. I am so thrilled!

    • tamarawilhite profile image

      Tamara Wilhite 

      7 years ago from Fort Worth, Texas

      What I was taught about the "Parable of the Talents" is that stewards, in this case the servants, is to sustain and grow what is in their trust, not just hoarding the resources. It shows the morality of taking back from those who waste resources and giving it to the most productive, a moral backing of capitalism.

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      7 years ago

      AS always :Nice work Thanks for sharing. Voted up.

    • tobusiness profile image

      Jo Alexis-Hagues 

      7 years ago from Lincolnshire, U.K

      Unknown, I absolutely love this, so true and so relevant I'm going to share it.

      Also up and awesome.

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      Larry Wall 

      7 years ago

      Ms. Spy:

      God gave you talents and you are using them well. You are indeed multiplying your talents with each and every hub you write. Keep up the fantastic work.

      God bless you.


    • Sparklea profile image


      7 years ago from Upstate New York

      Unknown Spy: YOU have a terrific WRITING talent. Keep it up! With all the mistakes I have made in my life, I think my greatest regret would be to get to the end of my life and not have used any God-given talent. We have so little time here and life is not to be lived in days, months or years but MOMENT BY MOMENT. Every day I pray, "God, PLEASE do not make me waste this day!" Every second is a gift.

      If we don't use our talents, it is like a muscle...things atrophy.

      That includes our brains.

      For years I've studied about writing, as it is my passion. One great writer said on a tape that if we show up to write at the same time each day, our brain starts to believe us and we can then really and truly create.

      Tremendous hub, voted up and awesome.

      Blessings, Sparklea :)

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

      Life Under Construction 

      7 years ago from Neverland

      Hi Billy! Oh it's sooo nice to see you again here. I'm always excited to read your message on my hubs. Thank you sooo much for always believing! God bless!!

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

      Life Under Construction 

      7 years ago from Neverland

      Thank you Snow.

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      Bill Holland 

      7 years ago from Olympia, WA

      As always I love your work; you are one of the first hubs I read each morning because 1) I respect you as a person and 2) I respect your talent as a writer.

      You have never disappointed me yet.

    • snowdrops profile image


      7 years ago from The Second Star to the Right

      Hi! What a lovely message indeed to use our talents God gave us. Voted up and shared.

    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

      Life Under Construction 

      7 years ago from Neverland

      Hi Debbie..thank you and thank you for the kind words and share. Really means a lot to me.

    • Deborah Brooks profile image

      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      7 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Unknown spy this is awesome.. I am sharing on my prayer page on Facebook

      God Bless you my friend


    • unknown spy profile imageAUTHOR

      Life Under Construction 

      7 years ago from Neverland

      Lol! i guess so!

      thank you for the read! and for the nice words.

    • cruelkindness profile image


      7 years ago from an angle view.

      Super Cool take on talent! The first person with the talent of making wine was probable to drunk to hide it... =)

      Fresh Take, I like it!!!

      Cruelkindness (Subliminally Thoughtless)


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