Precious Talents

Shame to waste them.

“All the gold that was used for the work, in all the work of the sanctuary, even the gold wave offering, was 29 talents and 730 shekels, according to the shekel of the sanctuary. (Exodus 38:24)

An ancient talent weighed 75 lbs. @ $1,200 per ounce for gold, the value of this talent would be $1,440,000.  When Jesus spoke of the value of a talent it was then considered the largest unit of currency equal to 6,000 drachmas. (1 drachma was a day’s wage for a laborer.) Now consider the enormity of the debt owed to the king.

“For this reason the kingdom of heaven was compared to a king who wished to settle accounts with his slaves. When he had begun to settle them, one who owed him ten thousand talents was brought to him.” (Matthew 18:23-24) A debt beyond the means to repay. Sound familiar?


Let it be sufficient to understand that a talent has great value. Christians have been temporally entrusted with this possession that belongs to God. Some are entrusted with more than others, but all are entrusted and expected to use it to the profit of God. Those who wisely use their talents are trusted with more responsibility when they enter into the joy of their master. (Matthew 25:14-28) “For to everyone who has, more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but from the one who does not have, even what he has will be taken away.” (Matthew 25:29)

So, what are these talents of great worth we have been given? Let’s start with time. Time to wisely use our spiritual gifts and physical substance as stewards in the household of God. What an amazing opportunity this short lifetime offers to prove our love and trustworthiness in service to Jesus.

This is all I have to say about your talents, “You have been entrusted with something very precious to be used to the profit of God.”