The Gospels – The Gospel According to Matthew
Do not bury your spiritual talents
Matthew 25:14-30 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.
15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.
16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.
17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.
18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.
19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.
20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.
21 His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.
23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:
25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.
26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:
27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.
28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.
29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.
30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
This is a picture of our relationship with our Creator. We have been given talents or abilities which we are meant to develop in this Creation. The development of our talents and their use is meant to bring many blessings to Creation. We are meant to use our talents to further Creation.
There are many who would develop their talents and use it for just this purpose but there are those who would not. Some will bury their talents and will acquire other abilities which are not part of the natural make up of the human spirit. We are all given the same talents in an undeveloped form but the variation that we see among human beings is but the way each has chosen to develop.
Through the use of their free will human beings will always develop at different rates and this explains the variation in the level of spiritual development among mankind. Some indeed develop very quickly and have an abundance of spiritual talents because of the way that they have chosen to develop. Others are much slower. As long as one continues to work in the right direction even if slow we will be accepted because variation in the speed of spiritual development is always taken into account in Creation and provided for.
If, however, we choose not to develop out talents at all, then it will be taken from us and then we will then cease to be. We will lose whatever personality we had developed up till then and face up to the fate of the lazy virgins.