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Reading: chapter 25 verses 14-30.


“The word ‘Faith’ in the Bible is spelt ‘R.I.S.K.’”


To laugh is to risk appearing the fool

To weep is to risk appearing sentimental

To reach out for another is to risk involvement

To expose feelings is to risk exposing, your true self

To place your ideas, your dreams before a crowd is to risk their loss

To love is to risk not being loved in return

To live is to risk dying

To hope is to risk despair

To try is to risk failure

But risks must be taken, because the greatest hazard in life is to risk nothing

The person who risks nothing, does nothing, has nothing and is nothing

They may avoid suffering & sorrow but they cannot learn, feel, change, grow, love or live

Charmed by their attitudes they are a slave, they have forfeited their freedom

Only a person who risks is free

In the parable before us:

• Two servants were willing to ‘R.I.S.K.’ that is to demonstrate faith;

• While sadly the third servant was not.


This third servant reminds me of the African impala:

• This creature can jump to a height of over 10 feet;

• And cover a distance of greater than 30 feet.

• Yet these magnificent creatures can be kept in an enclosure in any zoo with a 3-foot wall.

• The animals will not jump if they cannot see where their feet will fall.

• They imprison themselves because they will not exercise faith.

• And like this third servant, they take safety as the option but it only imprisons them,

This parable starts in verse 14 with a small but important word:

• Verse 14: “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey…”

• The word “again” indicates that it is linked to the first parables in chapter 25.

• In the first parable the theme is ‘keep watch’.

• In this parable Jesus teaches us how this is to be done.

• In the first parable the servants are represented as waiting for the Lord.

• In this parable the servants are pictured as working for the Lord

It is a simple story to understand:


• The man going on a “journey” is Jesus.

• Even a child could work that one out!


• The three servants who all receive a ‘talent(s)’ are his true followers;

• As we apply this parable this would be symbolic of all Christians (you & me).

Seven Principles to Note.

(1). What we have is not ours (Verse 14):

“Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted HIS property to them”.

In Biblical times it was common for wealthy men to take long journeys:

• Before they would leave,

• They obviously had to put their affairs in order;

• They would arrange for someone to look after domestic matters;

• E.g. Take care of the mail & to feed their pets etc.

• But more than that, they would have to put their business affairs in order;

• So that when they returned they not only still had a business but a prosperous one!

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