Stewardship: Parable of the Talents/Minas

Many non-Christian church goers nor Scripture readers are familiar with this story. As Pastor Warren quoted recently: “Discovery consists of looking at the same thing as everyone else and thinking something different.” …Albert Szent Gyorgi

Here is one different interpretation delivered as a sermon, shared by a Minister’s wife, and a professional voice teacher, who heard the sermon.

“A talent was worth a great deal (20 years’ daily wages for a laborer), and the boss gave three workers varying numbers of said talents, “according to their ability”, with the expectation that they would make good use of them for the good of the business. Two workers invested the talents and doubled their value; the third buried their single talent in a hole for safekeeping, thus preserving but not increasing its value. When the boss returned, the two who had added value were praised and rewarded, while the third had the one talent taken away,received a harsh scolding, and was “sent into the outer darkness where there is wailing and gnashing of teeth”.

“I love that the name of this high-value investment vehicle is TALENT. The rest of the sermon was about talent as we usually define it: our gifts and special skills, how to identify them and find where to use them, not only for their value to others but also because of the joy it brings to us when we use what we love and do best. Thinking about what makes you excited to get up in the morning (or whenever), and then take action to make that thing happen, is a good way to figure (that) out your talent” (Mrs. Robin Hansen, Seattle, WA)