Talent at Work (#8): Contract extension declined

Updated: Mar 17

And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Matthew 25:30 (ESV)


The third servant was found unfaithful because of slothfulness. Although there is no record that he conspired to murder anyone or planned an act of grand-theft, he was called wicked.

Besides this incredible shame, he lost what was given to him, and he also witnessed a winning coworker rewarded again with the talent he once hid.


Continuing with our text for today, the word "worthless" is introduced. This is a strong word to call anyone, but this is what the master calls him after settling accounts.

Slothfulness leads to worthlessness.

This man was worthless because in spite of the long time that had passed, he never produced any profits because he never multiplied his talent. He also caused a financial loss to the business. The entire team was less productive due to his lack of diligence. He was worthless because he caused the business to lose time. He wasted the time of those that had any hopes in him. Lastly, he was worthless because he tied up resources by taking away the opportunity from someone else that could have been useful.

So, this is why his master called him worthless. Therefore, as a worthless servant, he had to quickly be removed from the scenario to prevent any more losses.


Unfaithfulness at the workplace leads to shame, financial losses, and missed opportunities. The unfaithful also earn the status' of worthless and useless. This is what the weeping and gnashing of teeth implies, but fortunately, this is not always the case.

There are always good and faithful servants!


Good and faithful servants will seize an opportunity and not miss it. They work hard and expeditiously to multiply a talent because they know that time runs out fast. They work hard to deliver the right product on time and are fueled by the joy that will fill their master's heart, their own heart, and their coworkers' hearts at the time of settling accounts. Good and faithful servants don't talk; they are not fearful, but they face the future with joy as they get involved in purposeful action!

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