Matthew 25:14 (NIV) “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey.”
- The parable of the talents in Matthew 25:14-30 should be studied and interpreted in the context of Jesus’ Olivet Discourse that begins in chapter 24. In response to his disciples questions found in Matthew 24:3, “As Jesus was sitting on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately. ‘Tell us,’ they said, ‘when will this happen, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?’”, Jesus wanted his disciples to understand that only the Father knows about the time of Christ’s return to earth [Matthew 25:36 “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.”]
- However, the focus and message of the Olivet discourse is that the Disciples of Christ should be found ready, faithfully carrying on master’s mission on earth at the return of Jesus. As the master gave talents (money) to the servants according to their abilities to carry on the master’s business, so does God want us to carry on His mission on earth. The faithful servants in this parable had worked hard and doubled their master’s money/talents. They proved that they had developed their abilities to take on bigger responsibilities in master’s business. We carry on God’s mission on earth we are called to develop our abilities for God’s glory.
Matthew 25:21 (NIV) “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!’”