Talent at Work (#7): Simple math to live by
Updated: Mar 17, 2020
So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. 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. (Matthew 25:28-29)
We learned that slothfulness or laziness is sinful. Laziness is a form of iniquity, just as lies, murder, adultery, and homosexuality. One of the points of this parable is to open our eyes to the sin of laziness. Laziness pulls us away from faithfulness, in the opposite direction. Unfortunately, humans don’t usually think that laziness is a big deal because not many understand the transcendence of this sin in a person’s life.
This verse (Matthew 25:29) teaches us two major principles about the blessing of faithfulness and the consequence of slothfulness.
The blessing of faithfulness: The faithful not only receives the joy of having done the right thing, but also, receives the talent that was taken away from the slothful. The principle is that if we are found profitable, we will be given more. Plain and simple, we will be promoted because of our profitability, and we will also be tangibly blessed.
The consequence of slothfulness: The slothful not only receives the shame of having excuses instead of tangible profits, but also, loses everything including what was entrusted to him. The principle is that if we are slothful, even what we have will be taken away. Plain and simple, the slothful one’s lack adds to the faithful one’s abundance.
It's all simple math.
The moment that our eyes are opened to the sinfulness of slothfulness, we will desire faithfulness like never before. Businesses go bankrupt, families are broken, and even governments go down because of laziness. Focus on profitability through faithfulness, and true success will be waiting for you.
Further reading: The Prodigal Son (Luke 15:11-32), The story of Samson (Judges 13-16)