(Continuing from the last Post)… This explains why the parable of the talents is not about developing skills – it is about giving ourselves away, loving others the way we want them to love us. The parable of the ten virgins directs those virgins without enough oil to go to the marketplace to buy more. Much like the servants with talents going and trading for more. Jesus is saying that the purpose of our lives is to give our lives away. When we do we receive life/love back sometimes from others but always from Him. So give, it will be given back to you, pressed down, shaken together and running over the top!