Enter into the joy of your master. (Matthew 25:21, 23)
In the parable of the talents, the master entrusted different amounts to different workers. This parable applies to us living in this age now, and these “talents” speak of our time, influence, abilities, resources, creativity, etc.–all things entrusted to us. At the end of the parable, the master demanded to know what each of the servants had done with what he had given them. Likewise, all of us will give an account for what we have done with what we have been given.
“He who received the one talent went away and dug in the ground, and hid his master’s money” (Matthew 25:18). This servant did not do anything wild or vile, but he acted irresponsibly with what had been entrusted to Him. He preserved what he had, but did not do anything positive by investing it wisely.
The master sure expects a lot-that was on the lazy servant’s mind as he gave account to his master. Our Master does expect a lot from us and that is a great compliment, because He knows we can do it. What can be more motivating than that?
Notice also that the reward for those who were good stewards with their talents was not a trip to Hawaii. It was more responsibility: “You were faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things” (25:21, 23). The reward for being responsible is more responsibility. The reward for good work is more work. Heaven will be more work than here. (I’m glad; I was not really excited about playing harps for eternity).
The parable’s major point: We are held responsible for how we invest all the resources we have been given.