Talent Management Tip: At Least Act With Interest

26 “But his lord answered and said to him, ‘You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. 27 So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. (Matthew 25:26-27, NKJ)

This passage describes a very revealing insight into the Master.  For one thing, He is exceedingly successful in His money management.  He reaps where He does not even plant.  He would have no trouble beating the return on the S & P 500 — or any other market metric for that matter!  It is indicative of His generosity to entrust anything for His servants to invest.

Note also that even though His investment success is off the charts, the Master was quick to lavish praise on the other two servants.  Not only is the Master generous but he is gracious, too.  (This fact was totally lost on Servant # 3).

Another characteristic of the Master is that He is definitely results-oriented.  An unprofitable outcome is unacceptable.  Worse yet, Servant # 3 did not even try.  At the very least his unutilized talent could have been drawing  interest.

Furthermore, this passage shows that there is a definite priority of investments as far as the Master was concerned.  While keeping money in an interest-bearing account is better than nothing, it pales compared to investing (i.e. sowing & gathering[reaping]).  In the case of the other two servants, the Master enjoyed multiplied returns (versus His “own –singular- with interest”).

I think that we can take this even further and speculate that even if Servant # 3 had tried his hand at investing and lost money, that this would’ve gone over better with the Master than his sit-on-it-and-hope-nothing-worse-happens approach.

Investment advice from the Master: At the very least keep it interesting?

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