And he who had received the five talents came and brought him five more, saying, Master, you entrusted to me five talents; see, here I have gained five talents more. Matthew 25:20
Over the past couple of weeks, I have silently pondered on this verse, or let me say I have been a bit bothered by it, and here’s why:
There are many major lessons to learn from the parables Jesus told his followers, and this one is no exception. So many sermons have been preached from this parable alone that could leave you listening for the rest of your life. The big lesson always hangs around the neck of the guy who was given one talent and decided that the best way forward was the bury it in the ground so he could give it right back to his master when he returned. Why many people glean a lot from that part of the story is for the singular reason that Jesus gave us that little detail of what the servant did with the talent. So we know what not to do and we take it as a point of action NEVER TO BURY OUR TALENTS.
But how about the servants who brought back profit from the talents they were given? For whatever reason, Jesus never shared the details of what they did with the talents. How did they go about investments to yield five more, and two more? What exactly did they do? So here I am, a girl who learns much by following properly laid out instructions, without any to follow in this case. Here lies the conundrum.
Sometime last year, the Lord began waking up a good number of the gifts and talents He graciously placed in me that have laid dormant for some time. At a point, I did think my head was going to explode. How was I going to manage to invest them all? I saw myself as the servant who was given five talents by the master, but I was walking away confused and overwhelmed. He didn’t tell me how I would go about the investment.
If you know anything about statistics, you’ll know that there are many ways those five talents could have been invested. The servant could throw all five in, or hold on to one and use four, and so could be the rest of the combination. The resulting returns could also be as complicated. Maybe one of the talents yielded nine more and he lost the rest of the four. Do the math with the rest of the permutation. Is this why Jesus didn’t bother with those details because they could go any which way?
“For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:30
Sometimes I feel guilty about the ones I abandon to pursue the rest. But why do I feel like that sense of guilt comes from the accuser trying to trap me in a web of deception, that I can never measure up or will never be able to be all that God has called me to be for His glory?
In a sense, I believe that Jesus didn’t bother with the details of how the servants invested their talents. All He let us know is that they came back with more. Trusting the leading of the Lord every day should be my focus, not the expectations of myself or others around me. I must follow His leading – that’s where I will find my peace and productivity.
“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing.” John 15:5
I really love to learn from you all how you find balance in the so many things you might be involved in and with.