Updated: Mar 17
He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. So also, he who had the two talents made two talents more. But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. (Matthew 25:15)
Yesterday we learned that working is more than a transaction. It's a RELATIONSHIP. A relationship has expectations.
Today we learn that true relationships are always about giving and about receiving. We are expected to give, and we are expected to receive.
This parable also teaches that work is about doing... and about a special type of doing. This doing is about working hard in order to multiply what has been given to us.
In this case two men did their jobs, working hard to successfully multiply what was given to them. The third individual did nothing to multiply. He was only worried about returning what was entrusted to him.
As we learn in this parable, this man didn't understand a working relationship. He hid the talent, therefore, he did nothing to multiply it. He didn't understand that work is beyond just "doing" things.
Faithful work is not just about doing something, but about MULTIPLYING what is entrusted to us. A faithful working relationship is about returning what was given to us multiplied, made better, or made greater.