In all labour there is profit: but the talk of the lips tendeth only to penury. Proverbs 14:23
The parable of the talents in Matthew 25:14-30, presents a few common yet very vital lessons. It reminds us in general, that we are called to carry out some duties and perform them faithfully. Beyond that reminder it presents to us the laid work plan, master’s expectations, accountability and the incentive. First there is a work to be done and it is for you and me to get it done, each one to perform to their best, according to their endowed capability.
The measure of faithfulness in the parable is simply implied by fidelity and accountability. It is clear, what each one of us is entrusted with duty that demands and requires faithfulness and accountability. Loyalty and faithfulness in each stewards’ discharge is all that is expected by the Master. That faithfulness will amount to something. Faithfulness always bears good results; you cannot do your honest part and fail to realize good returns. That is a law of faithfulness; (Work + Faithfulness = Multiple returns or Profit). The one with 5 brought 5 more, while the one with 2 talents brought 2 more; the two worked and did their honest part, contrary to the one who did nothing. As long as one worked, he or she realised a gain (Proverbs 14:25 A true witness delivereth souls: but a deceitful witness speaketh lies.)
Eventually for that faithful labor and accountability each received a good reward; but the one without any good report, a painful reward. “The Lord looks with approval upon the works of his faithful servants. He says of the church of Ephesus, “I know thy works, and thy labor, and thy patience;” for my name’s sake thou “hast labored, and hast not fainted.” But while he takes account of faithful service, he is no less exact to mark neglect of duty or its unwilling performance.” – ST, June 12, 1884 par. 3. The losses of the unfaithful steward, is in fact a gain and joy of the faithful steward – eternal life.