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Series: Staying Faith
It's not just starting well in the Christian life that counts, but finishing well. We all have the experience of starting something but not finishing. With God, it's not making the decision that counts; it is seeing it through. This series has been about what has to be true of you if you are going to have staying faith.
14For (the coming of the kingdom of heaven) will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. 15To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away.
When I was a kid, and I saw it said ''He gave to one 5 talents,'' I thought talent meant playing the piano or the ability to juggle. Talent was a unit of money, and a rather large one. It was about 6,000 denarii. Average wage back then was about 300 denarii a year. So, one talent is 20 years wages. Think ''$500,000.''1 One commentator says you could really translate that as ''bags of gold.''
Each servant was given a different amount. They had no say in what they got; they were only responsible to steward and invest to the fullest whatever they had received.
16He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. 17So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. 18But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master's money. 19Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ''Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.''
• In his statement (and I think this is important), you hear excitement; a sense of eager anticipation. He is glad to see his master; he's been looking forward to his return.
21His master said to him, ''Well done, good and fait ...
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