The Parable of the Talents

For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. (Matthew 25:29)

It is natural to interpret Jesus’ well-known parable of the talents in terms of the stewardship of one’s financial assets. This interpretation shortchanges the parable because it focuses on only one aspect of God’s gifts to each of us. This minimizes (or ignores) the other gifts the Master gives each of us.

God endows each of us with unique talents and abilities. He gives us life and time. He sent Jesus to show His great love for us and to give us a model for our lives. He also provides us financial resources.

The master expected the servant to use all the resources he provided to honor him. Jesus made it clear that the same is expected from each of us. If we obey, He made it clear that we will experience a life of great abundance-abundance that is not dependent upon one’s financial assets.

God promises much to those who are “all in.” Why not dedicate all to Him?