I was shocked a few years ago to learn something of the value of talents in the well known parable. It was worth about 20 years wages. In London, where incomes of £50,000+ are not unusual that is equivalent to £1,000,000. And that was the servant who was given the least.
This brings home how much God invests in us and entrusts us with. The potential of your time, education, contacts, experiences and strength is huge. Notice what the effective servants did: “The man who had received the five talents went at once and put his money to work and gained five more.” (Matthew 25:16).
There is a right time to start using all that God has given you in order to change the world. It is now. James Carvillee said,” The best time to plant an oak tree was 25 years ago. The second best time is today. ” Whatever it is that God has given you to do - do it now.
Notice what stopped the third servant from doing anything. “So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent” (Matthew 25:16). It was fear. And maybe in some ways it was justified but what about the fear when the master came back and the talent was in the ground? Don’t let fear stop you.
I like what the master said about interest. It wouldn’t have gained so much (especially in our economy) but I think he is saying, “Do something rather than nothing. Make a phone call, enrol on a course, get some advice, but do something rather than nothing.”
Finally, I love the ‘Well done…” given to the effective slaves. It is possible to please God. He’s not waiting for you to do the wrong thing. He loves you.