One of the reasons this parable is
popular is also the reason for the prevailing lack of understanding of what
Jesus is saying in it. What we make talent
to mean keeps us from seeing what the parable is actually showing us.
To us, a talent is something
someone is especially good at doing. It’s a sort of natural or psychological
endowment that sets one apart from others.
However, these meanings are wrong
both in the historical sense of the word and the context of what Jesus is
telling us in this parable. As a matter of course, it means … Read the rest
You own the software business. You built it with all you have and now, it has
hit hard times. Or maybe you’re just wise enough to realize that it might be
either sooner or later but you’d hit the nadir nonetheless and there’s no
guarantee of rebounding. However, you want what you have to survive. You want
to find a way to sail through whatever would come, no matter how hard it could
You know what
you need is an expert to handle things for you, so you advertised the post and
applications came in.
“I learnt … Read the rest
“Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I
knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where
you have not scattered seed. And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in
the ground. Look, there you have what is yours,’” (Matthew 25:24-25, NKJV).
We need to understand this
servant’s issue. I mean, what stung him in the unmentionable that made him not to
have the perception the other two servants have of their master? Or he had but lost
The lost son thought of … Read the rest