Jesus’ Life: Chapter 15 – Jesus’ Ministry Before His Passion
Have you ever tried to list your talents and then score them from 1-10?
It should be easy to do, don’t you think? Not for me, I have great difficulty judging myself! Yes, in broad terms, I could say I am a talented guitarist, average communicator but poor footballer. However, that doesn’t seem to fully answer the question!
Perhaps, a row of pegs upon which I could hang each of my talents and a ruler to measure their drop might help! Sounds a little crazy, but I need an answer!
Parable of the Talents:
There was a man who went on a distant journey. Before leaving, he summoned his slaves and gave one five talents, another two talents and a third one talent, each according to their ability.
On his return, he called the slaves to find out how much they had added to them.
- The one who received five talents brought five more to his master saying, “Sir, you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have gained five more”. The master replied, “Well done, good and faithful slave! You have been faithful in a few things. I will put you in charge of many things. Enter into the joy of your master”.
- The one who received two talents brought two more to his master saying, “Sir, you entrusted two talents to me. See, I have gained two more”. The master replied, “Well done, good and faithful slave! You have been faithful with a few things. I will put you in charge of many things. Enter into the joy of your master”.
- The one who received one talent came and said, “Sir, I knew that you were a hard man, harvesting 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”. The master answered, “Evil and lazy slave! So you knew that I harvest where I didn’t sow and gather where I didn’t scatter? Then you should have deposited my money with the bankers, and on my return, I would have received my money back with interest! Therefore take the talent from him and give it to the one who has ten. For the one who has will be given more, and he will have more than enough. But the one who does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. And throw that worthless slave into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth”.
God has given each of us a different number of talents, according to our ability. One day he will summon us and ask, what have you done and how much have you added? (Matthew 25:14-30, Mark 13:34, Luke 19:11-27)
How would your talents measure up on a series of pegs today? Have they grown in size or are they just the same length as when you first received them?
It’s easy to spot other people’s misuse of their talents; not using the opportunities available, being lazy, avoiding their fair share, doing their work half-heartedly, being selfish, not helping others in need, not putting their skills to proper use or simply, not doing an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay!
Lord Jesus, expose my ‘dark side’; my secret wrongs of laziness and selfishness. Then Lord, grant me the grace of self-honesty so that my love for others will always be greater than my self-love.
May Christ support us all the day long,
till the shadows lengthen,
and the evening comes,
and the busy world is hushed,
and the fever of life is over
and our work is done.
Then in his mercy
may he give us a safe lodging,
and holy rest
and peace at the last. Amen.