Chapter One: The Parable of the Talents
There is a parable that is told twice in the New Testament about talents.
A talent, as referenced in these scriptures, refers to weight of mass, a
means of measurement.
A New Testament talent was equal to approximately 130 pounds in weight.
A talent was also considered to be equal to one mina, which was equal to 60 shekels.
Suffice it to say—a talent in the New Testament was a form of weight measurement.
In Matthew 25:14-30 we see the story of the 10 talents told.
But it is retold in the book of Luke, chapter 19, verses 12-27.
It is Luke's passage that I refer to because-
There’s a napkin in Luke… and a hole for that napkin in the backyard in Matthew chapter 25, verse 18!
Luke 19 reads:
12 He said therefore, A certain nobleman went into a far country to receive for himself a kingdom,
13 And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, occupy till I come.
14 But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to
15 And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he
commanded these servants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he
might know how much every man had gained by trading.
16 Then came the first, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained ten pounds.
17 And he said unto him, Well, thou good servant: because thou hast been faithful in a very little,
have thou authority over ten cities.
18 And the second came, saying, Lord, thy pound hath gained five pounds.
19 And he said likewise to him, Be thou also over five cities.
20 And another came, saying, Lord, behold, here is thy pound, which I have kept laid up in a napkin!
21 For I feared thee, because thou art an austere man: thou takest up that thou layedst not down,
and reapest that thou didst not sow.
22 And he saith unto him, Out of thine own mouth will I judge thee, thou wicked servant. Thou
knewest that I was an austere man, taking up that I laid not down, and reaping that I did not
23 Wherefore then gavest not thou my money into the bank, that at my coming I might have
required mine own with usury?
24 And he said unto them that stood by, Take from him the pound, and give it to him that hath ten pounds.
25 (And they said unto him, Lord, he hath ten pounds.)
26 For I say unto you, That unto every one which hath shall be given; and from him that hath not,
even that he hath shall be taken away from him.
27 But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay
them before me.
I highlighted and underlined the points of this parable.
Here they are:
This was a rich nobleman—wanting to make money from his money while he
was away on a business trip.
He called his servants together and let them know that he would return.
And upon his return, he wanted to see what profits had been amassed by
the servants handling his money.
Talent=pound=means of measurement in this parable.
So…there was real money changing hands.
And there was real expectation on both parts:
The Ruler expected gain to come from his giving the pounds to the servants.
The Servants knew their master expected to receive something upon his return.
When he did return…
What did he find?
The first servant returned him 10 pounds.
The second servant returned him 5 pounds.
And the last servant? What did he return to the master by way of profits?
NOT ONE THING!
The servant said that he knew the master was an “austere” man.
Austere means “severe or strict in manner, attitude or appearance”
So…somebody who meant business and should not be double crossed.
And yet…the third servant was so afraid of disappointing the ruler, so
worried about the retribution that would come from losing the pound for the
ruler, what did he do?
He put the pound in a napkin(for protection)
went into the backyard
used a shovel and placed the “pound in the napkin” in the hole
and… buried the napkin!
He was afraid that losing the pound would be disappointing to the Ruler.
Was he wrong!
That austere ruler said “If you knew I was someone expecting some profit
from my investment, why didn’t you at least go to the bank and get some
interest from the money?”
The Ruler questioned the servant as to why he did NOTHING with the One Talent?
And then the Ruler did what NO ONE EXPECTED!
He took the pound from the one who had done nothing with it, and he gave
it to the one who had done the most.
And then—he banished the wicked servant!
Yes—the “wicked” servant!
The Ruler considered him wicked because he knew what was expected and
yet let fear stop him from producing—he didn’t use his talent, he didn’t
increase the proceeds, he didn’t capitalize on the investment.
And that’s what angered the Ruler.
The servant let fear immobilize him—and produced nothing from the investment
made in him by the Ruler!
It was a slap in the face to the Ruler—who believed in him enough to invest!
What does this have to do with a book on faith?
Jesus is that Ruler.
He has invested a lot in all of us.
He IS coming back, and…
He wants to know what we have done with the talents He has given us!
And you now know…
Exactly what happens to the person who does nothing with the talents given to him.
It is better to have attempted to increase the talent and failed-
Than to bury that talent in a napkin in the backyard!
That’s where "Putting Feet to your Faith” comes in.
God has given you everything you need—He is NOT going to give you more.
He is waiting and watching to see—what are YOU going to do with what you
have been given?
We live in an age where everyone is waiting for God.
Waiting for God?
They are waiting for God to reveal to them what HIS Will is for them.
They are waiting for God to show them their ministry!
And of course—
I find it odd that everyone is called to save nations and take cities.
But those same people have never picked up a child for church or helped
their neighbor through a tough spot with food or money or support.
They are waiting for God to show them what to do.
Papa’s Parable #1:
There was a man sitting on the back pew of a church, praying for God to tell
him what his ministry was.
He prayed and he prayed while he sat in that pew.
At some point, he looked down at his shoes.
And he saw that they were surrounded by water that was filling the floor.
They could see that it was coming from the bathroom, where the toilet had
He prayed a prayer.
“God, please send someone to clean up this mess so I can get back to
waiting on you to find out what ministry you want me to do!”
Wait—I know what God wants you to do—
Quit praying and start cleaning up!
Your ministry is standing all around you—in fact, you’re knee deep in it!
So get moving in ministry—all the way to the toilet—God’s got a plan for
you! And that plan includes great opportunities to please God’s people!
That’s the summation of this parable of the talents.
1- The Ruler has gone away, but He IS coming back.
2- He is austere, but He gets more upset at you for doing nothing.
3- Don’t let fear immobilize you!
4- Do something with what He’s given you.
5- He’s Not going to give you more—so quit waiting for more.
6- You’ve got all that He’s going to give!
7- Produce something with what He’s invested in you.
8- Make a profit—no matter how much—it all pleases the Ruler!
9- Don’t assume that the Ruler will understand how scared you were
10- Determine in your heart—YOU WILL USE YOUR TALENT!
Once you have gleaned the lessons in this story, it is the foundation
necessary to build upon a structure all designed by faith!
Remember Hebrews 11:1 says:
“Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen!”
What are you hoping for?
What have you not seen?
Sounds like Faith to me!
Now let’s see…together!
Keep in mind—
Faith is a journey, leading to only one destination.
Those with faith will see Heaven and Jesus face to face.
Well, you’ve seen what happened to the wicked servant.
So… you can just imagine what’s waiting for those… without faith!