Investments, Risks and Rewards
This week, we’re looking at Matthew 25 and specifically verse 14-30.
In this parable 3 servants were given some money to invest for their master. Lessons to be learned from 3 servants and a few bags of gold.
What are these investments?
Well, we see some variations in translation within this passage.
The current NIV translation that I just read states “…bags of gold…” (25:15). But other translations use the term, “talents” which is a specific word, used for a certain amount of money in Jesus day.
And yet, other translations just simply state “money.” Regardless of the translation, the concept here is that each servant was given a large sum of money to invest.
How much is a bag of gold worth?
But how much could a bag of gold or a talent buy in Jesus day? A single talent (referenced as a single bag of gold in the current NIV) would have been equal to roughly 20 years wages for a labourer.
So we’re clear, even the guy with one talent (or one bag of gold), was given a lot of cash to invest. Regardless of 1, 2 or 5 talents; the Master has put a lot of trust in these servants.
Okay, now the actual parable.
What’s the metaphor here? What’s this story really about? Well, we too have been given many things to which we must invest for our Master.
These may in fact include money, but perhaps other possessions, resources or commodities? Maybe you have been blessed with a particular skill or ability? What have you been given? What has God blessed you with?
James 1:17 makes it clear.
“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”
Everything we possess, everything we own, every ability we have; all of it is from the Lord and belongs to the Lord.
However, we have the choice.
We can look at all our blessings as our belongings and keep it all for ourselves, or we can use it wisely and invest it in God’s work, when we have the opportunity.