Consider the Parable of the Talents¹


   In Mt. 25:14-30 Jesus tells of a man about to go on a journey who entrusts 5 talents to one servant, 2 talents to another and 1 talent to a 3rd servant. The first two double the money which they return to their master. Not so with one who received 1, and who buried it for safe keeping, and returning only 1.

   To the first one (returning 10) and the second (returning 4) he says exactly the same thing:

“Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness.”

   To the 3rd servant he said:

“You knew that I that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed. You should have put my money on deposit with bankers so that…I would have received it with interest…Throw that worthless servant outside…where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”


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   For reasons I cannot explain, what if I was one of his servants and received 1½ talents? What would I do–knowing who I am, and how I’m put together. Would I trust my “investments”? and wind up with 3 talents? Would I trust the bankers, or spread the risk? and end up with a little more, but not double?

   I’d probably overthink² it and have pathetic results. End up being put in charge of the garbage dump perhaps, if not much worse…

   One thing inherent in the Christian walk is the willingness to assume risk–the right kind of risk, of course. If we’re serving the real Master, our behavior is in His hands. That’s often hard for me, however.


  ¹ According to a note in my Study Bible, that about $1000.

  ² Don’t repeat me by reading too much into a parable. There’s usually one main point to such a story and a lot of key details are omitted. But that point is usually pretty easy to discover.