In Matthew 25 we have parables of the Kingdom of Heaven. The one tell us about a man traveling into a far country, he calls his three servants and gives them each a number of talents, each one differing from the other. It seems to me that the story is primarily a reflection upon the attitudes of the three servants. It also seems obvious that the man had a notion of the responses he would get thus the variation of deposits. I may be strange, but I have always been curious why the Bible word, "talent." is easily translated into the English word, "talent." It fits pretty well. In fact the title of this article already set the tone.
There is no question that the Lord purposed with this parable to describe conditions and outcomes for this Church age, not the celestial Heaven, for the term Kingdom of Heaven applies to both. So the man, typifying Christ, is leaving for a time. He gives his servants, typifying us, talents. We do need to take a moment here and consider the disparity of talent dispersion. God has a wonderful knowledge of what and how much we can handle and above that He is supreme and gives us what He wants to give us! Five, two and one. Don't spend time trying to figure out if there is some kind of prophetic message in those numbers, because you will come to the number one, which is normally the number for God. And that could not be calculated in this story.
What caused the servants to react the way they did? Essentially two of them doubled the value of their talents and the third one went out in the back yard and buried his. This is why we have the parable. Two of three Christians will take what "talent" they have been given and because of loyalty, love and duty will jump it and do what they can to be worthy of the trust put in them. One of three will have a negative response. He will think his Lord to be a hard master that has no regards except for His own profit and authority. His driving attitude is based upon his comprehension of his God. The words used describes his heart, "digged","buried","hid" and it was His Lord's money!
Allow me to diverse into my own thought world for a moment. It seems to me this servant must have been aware of what the other two were doing with their talents. It could have been that he was jealous that they had received more talents than he did. I have not forgotten that the master did give him less, was it because the master knew something deeper. The story is given to illustrate that people react differently to what they have been given and not every one will be given the same talents.
Now back to the text. It is necessary first to remember that we are actually talking about money here, not inbred talent. It is actually speaking of some investments that the man is making with his servants. So we must not get tangled in natural abilities, for each of us do have natural abilities and we are not equal in our natural abilities. It is true that we should use our natural abilities to the best of our ability. Especially to glorify Jesus Christ!
You as the reader are probably already acquainted with the end of the parable. Outer darkness is pretty abrupt just because a fellow didn't double his responsibility. He could have put it to usury to at least gain some interest. Now we can truly see that the story is not about profit but about attitude. The abrupt ending is more than proof of that. Outer darkness is a description of eternal separation. Usually and correctly depicting a person who will not be allowed to spend eternity with God. No it is not some kind of proof of falling from grace and losing one's salvation. Keeping in mind that the Kingdom of God includes the Church age which is now. The local New Testament Church is that kingdom on earth. Any church is filled with wheat with a sprinkling of tares. The tares perhaps could be identified by their attitudes about the master. Is God hard and reaping where he has not strawed the way you see Him?