The Parable of the Talents

The Parable of the Talents

Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his property to them.  To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability.  Then he went on his journey.  The man who had received the five talents went at once and put his money to work and gained five more.  So also, the one with the two talents gained two more.  But the man who had received the one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.

After a long time, the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them.  The man who had received the five talents brought the other five.  “Master,” he said, “you entrusted me with five talents.  See, I have gained five more.”

His master replied, “Well done, good and faithful servant!  You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.  Come and share your master’s happiness!”

The man with the two talents also came.  “Master,” he said, “you entrusted me with two talents; see, I have gained two more.”

His master replied, “Well done, good and faithful servant!  You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.  Come and share your master’s happiness!”

Then the man who had received the one talent came.  “Master,” he said, “I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed.  So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground.  See, here is what belongs to you.”

His master replied, “You wicked, lazy servant!  So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed?  Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.

“Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents.  For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance.  Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him.  And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

– Matthew 25:14-30 (NIV)
Source: http://www.stevepavlina.com/blog/2006/03/the-parable-of-the-talents/

Eight Things
A Short Reflection by Armand Q. Bengco, CFE Executive Director

Since 2003, the Colayco Foundation has been educating people in various companies and organizations in different parts of the country and the world.

We advocate proper personal finance. We promote value and respect for money, income and wealth and its proper use. More than money and income however is the proper understanding of wealth. Wealth is not just about having lots or money or a high income.

What does it mean to have wealth?

HUMILITY is wealth. It is accepting that we are just “managers” of the resources the Almighty, our Great Savior has given.

STEWARDSHIP of our wealth. It is acknowledging that we have an obligation to manage our wealth not only for ourselves but for others.

FAITH is wealth. It is to work as if everything depended on work and pray as if everything depended on prayer. Once we have done and given our best, we can only do much and we entrust the rest to God.

CONTENTMENT with our wealth. It is realizing, understanding and accepting that the Almighty, Our Great Savior has given us more than enough.

SATISFACTION with our wealth. It is wanting what we get. Since the universal law of the farm applies – we reap what we sow. We should learn to be satisfied.

GRATITUDE is wealth. It is having no envy for others’ good fortune. It is thankfulness for all the blessings and graces we receive. If we really think about it, we somehow do not deserve the Merciful Almighty’s bountiful provisions.

GENEROSITY with our wealth. After all said and done, especially with our wealth generation…how much have we shared? We share to change the world and to CHANGE ourselves. We give and in giving we GAIN.

LOVE is wealth. More than anything it is for that which we love – our God, our family, our friends and our passions – that we do anything at all.

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