Do you remember the parable of the talents written in Matthew 25:14-30?
Jesus tells the story of a rich master who has three servants. He gives three of servants a specific amount of money referred to as talents and possibly talents of gold, based upon that man’s ability to steward and care for the money. The first servant is given five talents, the second is given two talents and the third is given one. The master told them to care for his money while he journeyed abroad and the first two servants used the talents to trade and gain profit. They returned to their master with double the talents! The third servant was fearful (faithless) and hid the one talent he was entrusted with, returning just one talent to his master. The master scolded him saying that he should have invested the money and received interest in lieu of doing nothing!
Whether you read Matthew’s account or Luke’s version, each servant is giving a substantial chunk of cash ( approx 3 month’s wages) to invest as they will. This would be similar to one of those reality TV shows where people compete for money to invest in a project, only with a different agenda. In this show, one boss brings several employees into a room, gives them each cash, and tells them to invest to grow his corporation. The one who gets the biggest return on investment gets the big promotion.
Essentially, this is what happened in Matthew 25:28. Jesus said the master took the one talent the servant buried and he gave it to the servant that who had the ten talents…the big promotion!!
Beloved, when we are faithful in the little things we become strong in spite of fear, adversity, turmoil, ambiguity, pain, disease, and/or any unpleasant circumstances. As it stands, we all want to here these words written in Matthew 25:23, “Well done, good and faithful servant! You were faithful over a few things; I will set you over many things. Enter into the joy of your master!”