Mathew 25:21, 21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
The context of this verse is that a master before going on a journey hands over bags of gold to his servants for safe keeping. He gave each servant different amount of gold to be kept safe. It is rightful to ask why the master didn’t give equal gold to each servant to keep safe?? If he had given five bags of gold to the one whom he gave one bag, the servant would have dug a hole and hidden all five bags. The master knew his servants well. Hence, he gave each servant according to his capability and intellect. Since the bags of gold were given by the master, they were answerable to him.
The master had given the bags of gold with lots of expectation. He expected the servants to be hardworking and efficient; responsible and trustworthy too. He expected his servants to be intelligent enough to recognize their shortcomings in understanding a situation, and humble enough to seek help from those who are knowledgeable. This is what Solomon also advises. Proverbs 8:23, 33 Listen to my instruction and be wise;
do not disregard it. It is usually seen that when wealth multiplies, man often forgets himself and indulges in luxuries of life.
Proverbs 22:1, A good name is more desirable than great riches;
to be esteemed is better than silver or gold.
Here we see that the one with five bags of gold earned five more and the one with two bags earned two more bags of gold. But the one who had one bag hid it in a hole in the ground. The master was pleased with the first servant when he gives him ten bags instead of five bags and says, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’ He was displeased with the servant who had hid the bag of gold and said to him, ‘You wicked, lazy servant!. He then punishes the servant. Proverbs 10:4–5, 4 Lazy hands make for poverty,
but diligent hands bring wealth.
5 He who gathers crops in summer is a prudent son,
but he who sleeps during harvest is a disgraceful son.
Let me share a short story with you. There was once a young clerk who worked in a bank. The manager of the bank decided to test the integrity of his employee and shared this with the cashier. Next day, the cashier approached the clerk and asked him for help. The cashier said to him, ‘Please help me count today’s collection since there are several notes of smaller denominations today’. There were many currency notes of small denominations with the cashier. The young clerk looked at the cashier, took the money and sat down to count. He then placed the currency notes into separate denominations like 5, 10, 20, 50. After counting, he bound the notes of same denomination together and handed them all to the cashier. The cashier reported this to the manager and provided an excellent report on the character of the young clerk. Pleased with the report, the manager promoted the clerk to a higher position with a raise in salary.
God has created each one of us with unique capabilities and potential. Let us not be like the servant who hid the gold in the ground. This parable was shared by Jesus hence it is of utmost importance. The Lord instructs us to be like the servant with five bags of gold who was hardworking and multiplies the wealth. The bags of gold symbolizes talent, potential and capabilities. Jesus has led by example and showed us the way. He was capable of creating wine from thin air but he used the resources available and created wine from water in the vessels present. Let us all work hard that we are not lost for words before the Lord and are not punished like the third servant.