Talent at Work (#5): Counting the Profits

Updated: Mar 17

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." 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." 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." 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." (Matthew 25:20-23)

The time of settling accounts has come. This is like graduation day. Everyone is wearing a gown and is ready to be called by name. Two of the servants came forward with great news. It’s hard to imagine how happy they might have been after successfully completing such an endeavor. Their master is joyful and tells each one of them the very same words,

"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."

As you may remember, their master gave them a number of talents according to their own ability. The first one received 5 talents because he could handle 5 talents, and the second got 2 because he could only handle 2. The master knew how capable his servants were and gave to them according to what they could accomplish.

We cannot be expected to produce five more talents if we are only capable of two. We should not be given only two talents if we are capable of handling five. Earlier in this parable we are told that each person was entrusted according to their own ability (Matthew 25:15). The measure of the expectation is what has been given to us, nothing more, nothing less. We are not responsible for the measure of what is entrusted to us, but we are responsible for the outcome. If you have received more, more will be expected. If you have received less, less will be expected.

God is in control of what is entrusted to us at the workplace, and we are expected to trust Him. So, don’t become distracted with what was entrusted to others. Focus on what you have received, and make sure that you multiply in the same measure quickly. If you do so, you will also be called good and faithful, you will be set over much, and your faithfulness will lead you and others to overwhelming joy at the workplace.

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