Today’s topic is The Parable of Ten Talents, its application to our faith, and to our business. This is just a short, quick blog post, so please take your time to read through the end.
If you’re in business or in investing, you will find my thoughts and opinions on this topic very relevant especially if you’re aiming to grow your money.
Like I mentioned in my previous blog posts, business and Biblical principles can’t be separated. They are in fact interwoven to each other.
To our friends belonging to other religions, please excuse us here. This blog aims at “Christian entrepreneurs” niche so I hope you’ll understand. We don’t mean to offend you, we’re just discussing topics relevant to this niche.
So, let’s begin…
Parable of the Ten Talents
Here’s what is written in Matthew 25:14-30…
14 “For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants[and entrusted to them his property.
15 To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away.
16 He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more.
17 So also he who had the two talents made two talents more.
18 But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money.
19 Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them.
20 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here, I have made five talents more.’
21 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’
22 And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here, I have made two talents more.’
23 His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’
24 He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed,
25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours.’
26 But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed?
27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest.
28 So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents.
29 For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.
30 And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
What I Learned As A Servant
In my opinion, there are two applications for this. First, one that’s not related to money like growing your faith or the development of God-given talents.
We have to grow not only ourselves in faith but also help others, too. We are to share the gospel to others and help multiply the number of believers, as instructed by Jesus.
Here’s another non-monetary application…
When I was in high school, our Bible teachers then used these parables to illustrate our responsibility in developing our God-given talents. Like for example, if you are gifted with musical talent, then you must use and develop it in the service of the Lord.
Now, for the monetary application (second application), as servants entrusted with God’s wealth, we are to grow his wealth to its maximum potential. Don’t just hide it for the fear that investing in business is risky these days.
Remember, the Talent that was mentioned in the Bible, can mean LITERAL MONEY.
I read somewhere that Talent is an ancient unit of measurement used when paying a transaction.
Like for example, if you’re selling a product or have rendered a service, you can ask for 1 Talent or 2 Talents of Silver as payment to you. So, Talent used to mean “money”. The word then evolved to “Thaler”, and then later, “Dollar”.
A Master’s Mindset
I’m not in that level yet where I have so much money to invest, but one should not wait to reach that level before attempting to learn.
We should learn about these biblical principles that are applicable in business and in investing as early as possible.
You have learned the lesson that you should be a good servant, right?
But what about becoming a good master? A good manager of people?
In the parable, the Master makes people report to him of their progress.
Most people reading this parable are focused on the servants, how we should handle the blessings given to us. But what most people miss is the example being shown by our Master—how we should manage the people managing our money.
How many times have you seen people cry because of negligence? They have lost money in mutual funds or other investments because they put too much trust to strangers.
I’m not saying you should not trust fund managers, but like our Master, we should be responsible in making our managers report to us how’s the investment doing.
Manage your money like the Master. Invest as an entrepreneur and not as a gambler.
I’d like to be honest with you, my dear reader. I’m not yet in that level wherein I can show you proof that I am successfully growing the Talents that were given to me. But soon, I will be a very successful investor.
In fact, in some of my blog posts here, I admitted that I am currently battling with debts in my pharmacy business. The good news is, I’m winning the battle as I have gotten rid of some of my bad debts. The next steps will be, the talent-growing stage.
There are plenty of lessons taught in the Bible that are applicable in business and in investing, and this Parable of the Talents is one of them. And because most people limit the interpretation of this parable to non-monetary applications, I find the need to illustrate things from a Christian entrepreneur’s perspective.
I hope you learn something from my simple illustrations. Be responsible with the Talents that were given to you!
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