Jesus said, “For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away” (Matt. 25:14-15). This is the main point of the parable—the responsibility of the servants to invest the resources of the master while he is away. The master calls his servants and entrusts them with his property. He gives five talents to the first guy, two to the second, and one to the third. He expects them to grow his investments.
A talent is money worth 6,000 denarii. One denarius is equal to one day’s wage of a laborer. (Hagner) Hence, 6,000 denarii is equal to 200 months of wages of a laborer. Six thousand denarii then is equal to seventeen years of wages.
The minimum wage today is Php 8,500.00 per month. Thus, one talent is about Php 1.7M today. Now five talents is Php 8.5M. Two talents is about Php 3.4M today. That is a lot of money!
Yet the point of the parable is not about the money, but about how they used the money for their Master. “He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money” (Matt. 25:16-18). The point is not about how much money they received, but about how they made the money grow for their Master.
Now different amounts of money were given to different individuals. Thus, the talents may represent different God-given abilities. (Hagner) It may also represent time and material resources. (Blomberg) More, it may symbolize different capacities and capabilities to serve the kingdom. A talent therefore is your capacity to serve the kingdom.
Some of us are given more capacities and some, less capacities. But the goal is to use your capacity for the kingdom. The kingdom is about how you use your talent, your God-given ability, capacity, and capability for the Lord and for his kingdom. Jesus’ point is how you use your capacity so that you will serve him productively while he is away. It is about serving the Lord faithfully with whatever capacity he has given you.
What is your God-given ability and capacity today? Some of you have the gift of teaching, but you do not teach. Some of you have the gift of encouraging, but you do not encourage. Some have capacity to give more money, but you do not give. Some have the capacity to serve, but you do not serve.
What are you capable in doing for the kingdom of God? That is your talent. That is your resource. That is your capacity to serve the Lord and his kingdom. Use it for the Lord and for his kingdom.