Ten Talents Parable and Delight

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‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow and gathering where you scattered no seed.  And I was afraid, and went away and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is yours.’ Matthew 25:24-25

Living life in a wilderness can create a disconnect. For me, those seasons have made it hard for me to distinguish having faith in God vs. believing in the totality of who God says he is. I will venture so far as to say that I think part of why God allowed by wilderness seasons was to wrestle with this distinction.

It’s an essential step in our faith when we trust that God delights in us, and I think the Parable of the Talents reveals exactly why. Pause and read the whole story Matthew 25: 14-29.

So, we have a man who is going on a journey and he entrusts his slaves (or house workers) with is possessions. Verse 15 explains how things were divided, but it doesn’t indicate that any instructions were given. As the parable goes on, we learn how each servant took care of the man’s possessions.

Here’s where delight comes in:

The first two workers took what they had been given, and doubled it. They didn’t consult each other, they didn’t pause to complain, they took care of the responsibility in front of them. One was given 5 talents, the other 2. They both doubled their investment and received the same exact response.

Verses 21 & 23 say the same thing: “His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful slave. You were faithful with a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’”

The master trusted each man with a talent, the first two men took action to increase the talent and are called faithful for their success. It wasn’t a competition. Each servant is treated individually.

The response of the third servant, to me, is the response of someone who doesn’t understand how he is actually viewed. He also doesn’t seem to see the master in totality either.

‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow and gathering where you scattered no seed.  And I was afraid, and went away and hid your talent in the ground. See, you have what is yours.’ Matthew 25:24-25

As the story ends the master reveals his frustration is not because the talent wasn’t doubled. It was because the servant took zero actions. A small step would have been good enough to please the master. But the servant was afraid and let his fear dominate his choice.

Delight is the response God gives us when we step into a deeper relationship with him. Delight requires risk, action, relationship engagement, and a choice to serve the master’s interests above our own. And the amazing part of our decision to risk believing God delights in us? “For to everyone who has, more shall be given, and he will have an abundance;” Matthew 25:29 a

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