How should we use the gifts God has given to us?
In this parable, we see a master handing out bags of money to his three servants before he travels away for a time. Each servant is given a different amount of money, but all are expected to use this money wisely; to invest it and work hard in order to produce more.
While the first two servants do exactly the right thing, we see that the third one does not. He is either afraid of losing the money, or just lazy and instead decides to bury it away until his master returns.
The master is, of course, delighted in his first two servants and rewards them but the third is sent away.
The money (or ‘talents’) in the parable is a picture of the individual talents or gifts that God has given to each one of us. We are all different, and we have diverse passions and abilities. This parable challenges us to think about whether we are using our talents for good, or if we are wasting them.