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For it is just like a man who was about to take a journey, and he called his servants together and entrusted them with his possessions. To one he gave five talents, to another, two, and to another, one, each according to his own ability; and then he went on his journey.

The one who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he [made a profit and] gained five more. Likewise the one who had two [made a profit and] gained two more. But the one who had received the one went and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money."

What comes to mind when you read this parable? Did you notice that the man gave talents (money) to his servants based on their ability? One received five, one received two, and one received only one. What does that say about those individuals ability and their work ethic?

If you read the account of when the man returned to see what his servants did with talents he'd given them, the ones with five and two doubled theirs, but what about the one who only received the one. He, or she, didn't do anything with what they were given.

Reading this parable causes me to think about the resources God’s placed in my life. I wonder if the reason you haven’t experienced the success you think I should is because of poor budgeting.

What about you? Are you a one talent servant, a two talent servant or a five talent servant?

Parable of the Talents