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Text: “His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” – Matthew 25:21.

Comment: In the parable of the talents, a lord who was to travel on a long journey gave the first servant five talents; the second got two talents and the third one talent. Two of the servants were skilful and diligent enough to invest the money given them in profitable ventures such that they raked in handsome rewards. Saint Paul says: “…it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful” - 1 Corinthians 4:2.

But the third servant was a lazy and foolish lad who spent time brooding and complaining, giving excuses when he should be putting his talent to work. He told his master: “Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.” (Matthew 25:24, 25) When the master returned after a long time it was just the one talent given to him that he brought out and gave to him whereas others had made double profit from what they were given (Matthew 25:14-30) We should use the time we have to live on earth to deploy our talents to full use. The Bible says “He that gathereth in summer is a wise son: but he that sleepeth in harvest is a son that causeth shame. -Proverbs 10:5. See also Proverbs 22:29.

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