SCRIPTURE: Matthew 25: Verse 26
The master of an estate was going to a far country and before he left for his journey, he called three of his servants and gave them money to invest for him while he was gone. He gave no business plan, deadline or how the talents were to be used.
He entrusted the first servant with five talents, the second servant with two talents and the third servant with one talent. Each servant was given talents in proportion to their abilities.
The servants with the five talents and two talents immediately went into business. They did not wait to consult with financial forecasters and prospectors about their opinion and advice in carrying out their master’s command. They laboured and worked hard. They were not afraid of difficulties, discouragements, obstacles, hardships, and sacrifices in investing their talents. These two servants were diligent, vigilant and focused on their businesses.
The servant with the one talent neglected the talent that was given to him. He made no use of it, either to his own advantage, or to the good of others. He buried his talent in the ground.
When the master returned from his journey and asked his servants to give their accounts of their stewardship, the servant with the five talents gained five more talents and the servant with the two talents gained two more talents. They were rewarded by their master: “Well done, thou good and faithful servants; thou have been faithful over a few things, I will make thee rulers over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.”
The one talent servant also gave an account of his stewardship. He was required to make good use of his talent to better himself and to help others but he neglected to use his talent and played the blame game. He falsely accused the master as severe, oppressive, cruel, unjust, reaping where he had not sown and a hard task-master. The talent was taken away from the wicked, unprofitable, slothful and lazy servant and he was cast into outer darkness.
It appears that some one-talent individuals have adopted a culture of “intellectual slothfulness” that has doomed them to be drawers of water and hewers of wood, rather than to be profitable participants in the information and technology services, where they would have abundance and enter into the joy of the Lord.