Prof. Emily Walsh – “Investing in Your Talents”
“To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability.” – Matthew 25:15
Matthew 25:15 is found amidst the classic parable of the talents (Matthew 25: 14 – 30). A talent is worth a substantial amount of money in today’s dollar. The first and second servants both invested their talents in some way and doubled their investment. On the other hand, the third servant squandered the opportunity because he feared losing something. As a result, he ultimately lost everything.
The essence of this parable lies in the word faithfulness. Matthew 25:23 says “… Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things…” The master’s focus is not necessarily on the quantity of return of the investment but rather the faithfulness of the servant to do something with what had been given.
We all have talents that have been given to us by our Heavenly master. Some of us struggle with utilizing our talents for personal gain while others fear failure and bury their talents. It is important to seek God in all things to know His purpose for your gifts. Be confident in His confidence in you and invest your talents!
“’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’” -- Jeremiah 29:11
- Prof. Emily Walsh, Assistant Professor of Business, Economics & Political Science