“And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey” (Mathew 25:15).
In the 25th chapter of the Gospel of Mathews, we read about the parable of talents. The word ‘talent’ indicates several ‘abilities.’ At the same time ‘talent’ is also a unit of currency with great value. Five talents are equivalent to approximately one crore of rupees. God is closely watching how we spend our money and how we gain souls with it. In the end, He will ask for the details.
The prodigal son did not make use of his share of his father’s property to acquire more. He did not invest it in any trade or business but lost everything in the hands of the harlots. In the end, his suffering grew to such an extent that he had to eat the bran kept for feeding the pigs. With the talents, capabilities and money given by God, one has to gain souls for His Kingdom; a revival has to be formulated.
One, who received five talents, invested the same and earned five more talents. This made the master happy. Firstly the master appreciated the servant saying “Well done, good and faithful servant.” Secondly, he promised, “You were faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things”. Thirdly he said, “Enter into the joy of your Lord”. The talent which was buried, without generating any income was given away by the master to the one who earned five talents.
Talents and capabilities are buried in you just as the priceless treasures and gems are buried and hidden in the earth. You must not only bring them to the fore but also make use of them.
Some talents reach you through your parents. Some others come through education, knowledge and hard work. Some more talents in you are which God has given to you. You may receive some talents through prayer. The Holy Spirit may give you some talents.
So, use your talents carefully in the ministry of God. Making use of the finance God has given to you, initiate to guide those who are proceeding towards the hell to have a diversion and walk in the path to heaven. Fill the heaven by working hard for eternity and spending your resources too for the same purpose. Heaven should feel happy about seeing this. May God appreciate and exalt you. How joyful it would be when the heaven calls you, “Well done, good and faithful servant”!
To meditate: “And I say to you, make friends for yourselves by unrighteous mammon, that when you fail, they may receive you into an everlasting home” (Luke 16:9).