The Lessons Gained from The Parable of the Bag of Gold

““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.”

~Matthew 25:23 (NIV)

So I made it to Church, physically. I am glad I went because the Pastor preached a sermon based on Matthew 25: 14.

Below is my reflection on the passage:

In life, we are given different talents by God. Some are given more than one talent, yet no one exists without even one skill. There is a purpose for the talents we have been given. God is a God of profit and multiple effects.

In Genesis 1:28, as human beings, we were given the charge to be fruitful and multiply.

The Steps to take to be Fruitful and Multiply?

  • Do you know what skills you currently have? Do an inventory of what you already equipped with.
  • The more you use the skills you have, the better you become at using the talents. The more efficient and effective you become. If you stop using your skills, it stops growing, and stagnation occurs. Sometimes after a prolonged drought where you failed to enrich or develop your skills, the skill or talent could even wither.
  • Find things that will enrich your skills and talents. So you can take it to another level. Invest by taking classes and learning from the masters of that specific talent or skill. Soon you will produce more with your skills. Before long, you acquire more skills, resources and wealth.

Sadly a lot of us instead of using our current skills, we become envious of those who have talents we admire and don’t have. That we do not invest in the gifts, we have. Instead, we bury it and don’t bother using them. We mistakenly look down on the talents we have. Yet there is a need for that particular gift in society.

That is the saddest part of the parable. It is what hurt the owner and giver of the talents. The sheer mismanagement of what could have generated much growth and profit left a bitter taste in the mouth of the owner. Yet it lay wasted, buried, untapped and unused.

In the end, the person who failed to utilise the talents ends up losing it all. The people who were faithful with what they were given, we’re given even more skills. Because they proved, they were trustworthy as Ambassadors with the talents given to them to use.

Do you have any untapped talents? It’s time to dust them out and begin using them. Yes, it will feel strange and unnatural at first. What you may produce at first may be abysmal, but don’t give up or compare your product with others who have been at it longer than you have.

But by remaining steadfast and consistent in nurturing your gifts and talents, you will soon find that what you produce is now much better than you ever imagined.

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