The Slothful Servant

In Matthew 25 Jesus tells a parable of the three individuals who were given the talents. The fist was given five talents. A talent was worth approximately $1,000 US dollars. If, however, Jesus was referring to a Syrian talent, each would be worth approximately $275. Either way, that was a lot of money in those days. The second man was given two talents and the last was given one talent.

When the master returned the first man had doubled the talents to ten, the second doubled them to four, and the third man returned the single talent which he had buried. The master’s responded, “You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest” (Matthew 25:26, 27 ESV).

He commanded him to give the talent to the one with ten. The reason? “For to everyone who has more will be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away” (vs. 29). Jesus commands the people to cast him into the outer darkness where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. The point is to not be hesitant to use what God has given us. God blesses us with much and we shouldn’t be “slothful” to use it for the benefit of the kingdom.