The Parable of the Talents, which is found in Matthew 25:14-30, teaches us an interesting lesson on the importance of faithful stewardship and accepting responsibility for the assets that have been placed under our influence. In the parable, a master had three servants. When he went on a trip, the master left the first servant five talents, the second servant two talents, and the third servant one talent. When he returned, he found that the servants who had been given five talents and two talents had invested them and doubled the amount they had been given. This greatly pleased the master. However, he found that the servant who was given one talent had buried it in the ground, which displeased the master. Here are a few lessons from this parable that we can use today:
1) All of the servants were given a different amount of talents to manage based on their ability. As individuals, we don't have to compare ourselves to others who may have lesser or greater abilities. We are only expected to be good stewards of the assets that we are entrusted with based on our unique abilities.
2) The third servant was scolded not for making a bad investment, but rather for making no investment at all. Similarly, there is nothing wrong with trying and failing, but there is something wrong with not trying at all.
3) We all are entrusted with different assets throughout our life that we are called to accept responsibility for. We are not expected to be perfect stewards, but rather good and faithful stewards. This means that we are expected to commit ourselves to the betterment of those assets to the best of our ability.
Whether it is family, business, financial, or spiritual assets that we are responsible for, a selfless dedication to be a good and faithful steward will provide a great return.