Basic theme: If we prove to God that we can be trusted with his interests in this life, indeed with this life itself, then he’ll trust us with the next life.
Our life’s work then is to use everything we’ve got in such a way that God gets the benefit.
In other words life is not about us. Not a single detail of our lives is really about us!
So, to the parable, Matthew 25:14-30
The man entrusting his property is God.
He entrusts his property to servants; we’re the servants. His property is everything we’ve got, this life we’ve been entrusted with, which is not really ours but his; to be used for God’s benefit.
He then goes abroad; that’s how many perceive God, as being abroad!
“Now a long time after” he returns to go through his accounts; “a long time after” is our length
of years, long enough to lose our way! Going through his accounts is our final judgement.
To one he’d given five talents, to another two, to a third one. Two of the three make a profit, the guy with five makes five more, the guy with two makes two more but the guy with one gives back the one.
It’s the guy who made nothing that I’m interested in; what he had was taken from him and given to the guys who’d already proved they could make a return.
This is a common theme in the teaching of Jesus.
Spiritually there is no such thing as the Church dying, there is only the kingdom of God (what else can the Church be about?) being taken from a people who’ve failed to produce its fruit and being given to others who will produce something.
Notice too that this is good business sense and once again Jesus is using something we all understand – good business sense – and using it to teach us about God.
Finally, notice that the guy doesn’t do anything wrong, he keeps his talent safe, afraid to trade, and gives back what he’d received but without gaining anything for God.
His offence? He fails to become God’s missionary!
What on earth do you think life is for?