I was recently reading over the account in the bible where the master gives out the talents while he goes away and then he returns. In giving an account for their talents, two of the servants have settled up their account and made a generous profit. 100%. That’s right. They doubled their talents by a whopping 100% each. See Matthew 25:
19 Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.’ 21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ 22 And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here I have made two talents more.’ 23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’
So who could ask for anything more than 100%? What an amazing profit, everything increased by 100%. Now that’s a success story if there ever was one. Let me point out that we really have no idea what the formula was for how the successful servants doubled their talents either. We just know that whatever they did…it was very good in the eyes of the master.
But then there’s that one servant, at the end of the story that haunts me. You know the one … The one who hid that talent…the one who buried it…you know…the one that you can tell is about to mess up the whole story…
I won’t repeat the details, because in the end, things were disastrous for him because he buried the talent.
So of course I started searching for the silver lining…you know, the place where it all could have gone in the right direction. The place where things could have worked out well for the last guy too! It just wasn’t turning out so well…and we all enjoy a good ending, but this wasn’t the case. But where could things have changed…where could he have set himself in the right direction … and then I saw it.
Right near the end of the story…the key that could have turned it all around…the lesson to learn from…the intersection that can make all the difference in the world…the lazy servant could have turned his whole situation around by “investing”. (To quote …”invested my money with the bankers”).
So, I pray that I can remember … Even when unsure of what your talent is, what to do with it, or even what the master expects, remember you can never go wrong with a little “investing” in the people around you (family and friends included).
Even if they don’t take notice of your extra effort,
the Master sure does!
And it makes the world of a difference.
And it makes a difference in this world.
And a little investing makes the Master happy.
And He’s the one we all want to please.