The Gospel of Matthew

This devotional is written by Slawa Gumuchian. Slawa is married to Guy and helps out on the Life Course.

Matthew 25:14-30

The parable of the bags of gold

14 'Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. 15 To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag,[a] each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. 16 The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. 17 So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. 18 But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master's money.

19 'After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. 20 The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. "Master," he said, "you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more."

21 'His master replied, "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!"

22 'The man with two bags of gold also came. "Master," he said, "you entrusted me with two bags of gold: see, I have gained two more."

23 'His master replied, "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!"

24 'Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. "Master," he said, "I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you."

26 'His master replied, "You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? 27 Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.

28 '"So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. 29 For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 30 And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth."


Reflection

This Parable of the Talents was told shortly before Jesus was to face his death .
The master is Jesus, the servants are us.He entrusts us with talents
( gifts) and says that one day He will return and we will have to give account to Him how we invested these gifts.
The master trusts us that we will use the gifts He has given us : we have no right to sit and complain about them. We must use them.God knows us well and He knows what talents
we can use well and apportions the gifts accordingly.
The day Jesus returns we will have to report to Him because He has invested gifts in us. So we need to ask ourselves what we did with the gifts He entrusted in us to build his kingdom.
But ultimately for me the Parable of the Talents is about my life and what do I do with them?
Who do I live for ?
The last servant hid his talent for himself and saw only his own needs. He buried his life but does not give it to Jesus. He tried to justify his choice and lied about it.
So today I stop and pander do I use my life for His Kingdom? Will I hear Jesus say to me :’’ Well done good and faithful servant !’’

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