Jesus said in the Parable of the Talents (below) that each servant was given resources in proportion to his ability to use them. To one he gave five talents of silver (a talent of silver was worth about $600,000 in today’s money). To another he gave two talents of silver. And to another he gave one talent of silver.
This passage is many times interpreted as talking about being faithful in developing and using your skills to the best of your ability. And so, the word “talent” is being used today, not as a measure of a weight of silver, but as a measure of skill. Could it be that Jesus was talking about something much more valuable than skills?
Could He be talking about loving others as God loves us?
If the ability to love is really the theme of this parable then how could the parable be interpreted?
We could say the man who was given five talents of silver had the ability to love “many” people. He immediately went to work interacting with others and using the means his Master gave him to love and help them. And the Master rewarded him.
The man who was given two talents of silver had the ability to love “some” people. He too, immediately went out and interacted with others, and using his Master’s means, he loved and helped them. And the Master rewarded him.
The man who was entrusted with one talent of silver had the ability to love “one” person. He did not go out and interact with another, to love and help them. He buried the Master’s means of loving and helping others and loved and helped no one. Because of the reference of putting the money on deposit with the bankers in the parable, I can imagine Jesus asking the man “Why didn’t you let my “means of loving and helping” at least be used by others, if you yourself weren’t going to use it?” And Jesus will cast him away from His presence.
When I surrendered to Jesus I read this parable. I didn’t know if I was a one, two or five talent person. I prayed for God to make me a five or a two, but if I was a one, I asked that He help me to use my talent and not bury it. God has been gracious to me and helped me to love other people. What about you? To truly love you need Jesus in you, loving the other person through you. To do that you need to ask Him to forgive your sins, and surrender your life to His leadership, and ask to receive His Spirit so that you can do good.
You will start a journey with Him that He has designed just for you.
The Parable of the Talents
[Jesus said,] 4 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. 15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. 16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. 17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. 18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money. 19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them. 20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more. 21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. 22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them. 23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord. 24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: 25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. 26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: 27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. 28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents. 29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. 30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
The Holy Bible: King James Version. (2009). (Electronic Edition of the 1900 Authorized Version., Mt 25:14–30). Bellingham, WA: Logos Research Systems, Inc.
One thought on “What if love is our purpose?”