Matthew 25:14-30 - The Parable of The Talents.

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!  


The parable of the talents (Matt. 25:14-30) 
illustrates the tragedy of wasted opportunity. The man 
who goes on the journey represents Christ, and 
the servants represent professing believers 
given different levels of responsibility. 
Faithfulness is what he demands of them (v. 23), but the 
parable suggests that all who are faithful will be 
fruitful to some degree. Both the man with five 
talents and the man with two received exactly the 
same reward, "the joy of your lord, indicating 
that the reward is based on faithfulness, not 
results. The slothful servant (v. 24) does not 
represent a genuine believer, for it is obvious that 
this man had no true knowledge of the master. 
This fruitless person is unmasked as a hypocrite 
and utterly destroyed (v. 30). [MacArthur Daily 
Bible 2003] 


   Are a bride and groom ever more married 
than they are the first day? The vows are made 
and the certificate signed - could they be any 
more married than that? Imagine fifty years 
later. They finish each others sentences, order 
each others food. They even start looking 
alike - a thought which troubles Denalyn deeply. 
Wouldnt they be more married on their 50th 
anniversary than on their wedding day? Marriage is both 
a done deal and a daily development. 
   The same is true of our walk with God. 
Can you be more saved than you were the first 
day of your salvation? No. But can a person grow 
in salvation? Absolutely. Like marriage, its 
a done deal and a daily development. Do you 
feel so saved, you never serve? The fact is, you 
and I are here for a reason, and that reason is 
to grow and glorify God in our service. [Max 
Lucado Daily Devotional at maxlucado.com] 


   Use your uniqueness to take great risks 
for God! 
   The only mistake is not to risk making 
   Such was the error of the one-talent 
servant. Did the master notice him? Indeed, he did. 
And from the third servant we learn a sobering 
lesson. Then he who had received the one talent 
came and said, Lord, I knew you to be a hard 
man, reaping where you have not sown, and 
gathering where you have not scattered seed. And I was 
afraid, and went and hid your talent in the 
ground  (Matt. 25: 24"25). 
   Contrast the reaction of the third 
servant with that of the first two. 
   The faithful servants went and 
traded (v. 16). The fearful one went and dug 
(v. 18). 
   The first two invested. The last one 
   The first two went out on a limb. The 
third hugged the trunk. 
   The master wouldnt stand for it. Brace 
yourself for the force of his response. You wicked 
and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I 
have not sown, and gather where I have not 
scattered seed. So you ought to have deposited my 
money with the bankers, and at my coming I would 
have received back my own with interest (vv. 
   Whoa. What just happened? Why the 
blowtorch? Find the answer in the missing phrase. The 
master repeated the assessment of the servant, word 
for word, with one exclusion. Did you note it? 
I knew you to be a hard man (v. 24). The 
master didnt repeat the description he 
wouldnt accept. 
   The servant levied a cruel judgment by 
calling the master a hard man. The servant used the 
exact word for hard that Christ used to 
describe stiff-necked and stubborn Pharisees (see 
Matt. 19:8; Acts 7:51). The writer of Hebrews 
employed the term to beg readers not to harden their 
hearts (3:8). The one-talent servant called his 
master stiff-necked, stubborn, and hard. 
   His sin was not mismanagement, but 
misunderstanding. Was his master hard? He gave 
multimillion-dollar gifts to undeserving servants; he honored 
the two-talent worker as much as the five; he 
stood face to face with both at homecoming and 
announced before the audiences of heaven and hell, 
Well done, good and faithful servant. 
   Was this a hard master? Infinitely good, 
graciously abundant, yes. But hard? No. 
   The one-talent servant never knew his 
master. He should have. He lived under his roof and 
shared his address. He knew his face, his name, but 
he never knew his masters heart. And, as a 
result, he broke it. 
   Who is this unprofitable servant? If you 
never use your gifts for God, you are. If you 
think God is a hard God, you are. 
   For fear of doing the wrong thing for 
God, youll do nothing for God. For fear of 
making the wrong kingdom decision, youll make no 
kingdom decision. For fear of messing up, youll 
miss out. You will give what this servant gave 
and will hear what this servant heard: You 
wicked and lazy servant (v. 26). 
   But you dont have to. Its not too 
late to seek your Fathers heart. Your God is a 
good God. [Max Lucado Daily Devotional at 


   This spring, I made a new friend, Steven 
Batchelor, at one of my workshops. After class he told 
me about his ongoing fight with cancer and went 
on to mention a book hed written called 
Dont Miss Love. Sadly he passed away shortly 
thereafter. As I read his book, I was struck by its 
theme - spreading Jesuss love any way we can 
with everyone we encounter. Stevens 
determination to use every single one of his God-given 
talents to glorify Christ touched me deeply.  
   I spent some time thinking about this 
quiet, gentle man of God, now resting in Jesuss 
peace. Steven left behind a legacy of caring and a 
life well-lived. Beyond his family, he bestowed 
blessings on his readers, so we may live out the life 
he suggested.  
   My mind drifted to Jesus and His parable 
of the talents (Matthew 25:14"25) and to the 
way Hed lived. Everything He did reflected 
perfect love. He buried none of His talents. Was it 
too late to uncover the talents Id buried in 
fear and turn them into glory for Jesus?  
   Losing a friend is a wake-up call, a 
chance to assess where weve been and where 
were heading. Sometimes its a source of joy as 
we discover the wisdom in anothers life. 
Learning how they used the gifts the Lord gave them - 
their time, their money, and their hearts - 
changes us. We want to live as Jesus did, sharing 
all, sparing nothing. by Heidi Gaul  
   Faith Steps: How can you influence others 
with your love? Grow your legacy to glorify 
Jesus. [Mornings With Jesus 2020 Devotional by 
Guideposts and Zondervan] 


Matthew 25:14-30 - The Parable Of The 



If anyone has a paraphrase, commentary or 
testimony on this passage of Scripture, either 
personal or otherwise, I would be interested in 
hearing from you.  Thanks in advance and let's keep 
uplifting Jesus that all might be drawn to Him. Fred 


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