Talent For Putting God’s Money to Work for You

16He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he gained five talents more.     17And likewise he who had received the two talents–he also gained two talents more. (Matthew 25: 16-17, Amp.)

Here we see the response of two of those servants in which the Master entrusted his property.  They immediately went and “traded.”  The word “traded” come from the Greek word ergazomai. In this context, these servants “put this money to work.”  Perhaps they invested it in the first century equivalent of the stock market.  We can’t say for sure.  Regardless, they invested these funds in a vehicle that resulted in a 100% return on the Master’s money.  Not bad.

These servants already had their basic needs met by virtue of their relationship with the Master.  They had food, clothing, and shelter as members of His household.  This money apparently was not for these basic needs.  Although the money belongs to the Master, He is giving His servants a great deal of freedom regarding its disposition.

What are we doing with our money once our basic needs are met?  What avenues of increase are available to us?  Are we taking advantage of them?

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