In the parable of the talents, in Matthew 25:14-30, is about trusting in God and using the gifts that God has given you.
The “prosperity Gospel” preachers will tell you that this parable means that God wants you to make more money, but they have it wrong. Remember that “the love of money is the root of all evil”?
So what is it about?
The king (who represents God) gives money, to three people. It is understood that he is coming back. He gives different amounts to them “to each, according to their ability.”
Two of them are mindful of their gifts and use them to make more. One is afraid of the king and buries the money so he doesn’t lose it. When the king returns and asks for an accounting of his money, the first two are able to give the king back more than what he gave them. The last is only able to give back the original amount. The king is very angry with him.
Notice they had to give back everything. This wasn’t a money making opportunity for them. They didn’t profit from this. They were just stewards of the king’s money.
This isn’t just about money. This is about any gift from God, which is everything. It is your abilities, your special skills, your strength, your time…everything.
God wants us to trust that God will provide. God wants us to trust that we are safe and provided for. God wants is to trust that God is in charge.
Basically, God wants us to trust God, in all things, all the time.
We aren’t in charge. God is.
We are here to use our gifts – time, talent, and treasure, to build up the kingdom of God. We are here to be good stewards our entire lives.
As long as we are not doing things for our own benefit and glory, we will thrive. When we become selfish and greedy, we will fail.
This isn’t about tithing money to a church. This is about serving God all the time, and trusting God all the time.
If we are called to do something by God, God will provide a way for it to happen. This is especially important to remember when we can’t see a way that is possible.
Look at Moses. God told him that he was going to lead Israel to safety across the Red Sea. That made no sense. How was that going to happen? God told Moses to take what he had, his staff, and use it. He did, and God worked through Moses and parted the sea so they could cross safely.