Matthew 25:14-30 | The Parable of the Talents
‘For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. The one who had received the five talents went off at once and traded with them, and made five more talents. In the same way, the one who had the two talents made two more talents. But the one who had received the one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money. After a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. 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.” 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.” 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.” 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.” 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; so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.” 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? 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. So take the talent from him, and give it to the one with the ten talents. 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. As for this worthless slave, throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
And here’s what else we can take away from this parable, if we use our gift of faith out in the world – God promises to multiply it. To return to us a 100 fold what we invest. So if we let our light shine bright – if we take what we have been given and give it to the service of building up our neighbor, of healing a broken world, of sharing the love of God with ALL people – God promises to double down with us and grow our faith sharing!
And so it would be a shame for us to horde or hide our gift of faith, to bury it under our own fear of failure where it would never multiply. Instead I think God is calling us to use our talents and our gifts of faith in extravagant and lavish ways in our world today. Which is why I am so excited about what’s in store for St. Mark’s in the coming weeks and months as we take a risk, explore ways in our world that our talents might multiply to bring hope, new life, and belief in the tangible grace of God for a whole new generation of believers and for our wider community.