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Lessons to learn from the Parable of the Talents

Do you remember the unfaithful servant in the Parable of the Talents who received one talent and buried it out of fear? His master called him wicked and lazy because he wasn’t a good steward of his talent. We can certainly learn from him what not to do! Just like the servants in the parable were held accountable by their master, we are accountable to Christ, our Master. Sacred scripture tells us to be trusted stewards of all the gifts and talents He has so graciously given us.
“Thus should one regard us: as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God. Now it is of course required of stewards that they be found trustworthy.” (1 Cor 4:1-2)
There are so many lessons to be learned about stewardship from the Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30.) The first lesson that this parable teaches us is that God will give us what we need to do His will. The second half of verse 15 in this parable tells us that we are all given different talents “… according to his ability.” This being said, God doesn’t give us what we can’t handle. It is our job to have the confidence to uncover these talents and use them to glorify Him.
Finally, the Parable of the Talents teaches us that we will be held accountable. The three servants were asked to account for the talents they were given and rewarded for fair returns. Don’t we all want God, our Master, to say to us what the master said to his servants in the parable? “Well done, my good and faithful servant. Since you were faithful in small matters, I will give you great responsibilities. Come share your master’s joy.”(Matthew 25:21)
The person who is trustworthy in very small matters is also trustworthy in great ones; and the person who is dishonest in very small matters is also dishonest in great ones. (Luke 16:10)
— Shannon Roh is the Executive Director of the Office of Development and Stewardship for the Archdiocese of Mobile.

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