“For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. The one who had received the five talents went off at once and traded with them, and made five more talents. In the same way, the one who had the two talents made two more talents. But the one who had received the one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master's money.
After a long time the master of those slaves came and settled accounts with them. Then the one who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five more talents, saying, ‘Master, you handed over to me five talents; see, I have made five more talents.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’
And the one with the two talents also came forward, saying, ‘Master, you handed over to me two talents; see, I have made two more talents.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and trustworthy slave; you have been trustworthy in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things; enter into the joy of your master.’
Then the one who had received the one talent also came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew that you were a harsh man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you did not scatter seed; so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’ But his master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy slave! You knew, did you, that I reap where I did not sow, and gather where I did not scatter? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and on my return I would have received what was my own with interest. So take the talent from him, and give it to the one with the ten talents. For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away. As for this worthless slave, throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ ”
This parable is one of the most significant Jesus used. It shows unquestionably what is expected from human beings in Creation.
A man going on a journey and turning over his possessions to the workers is the image of the Creator giving the administration of the material part of the Creation into human hands. Every worker receives a specific quantity, each as per his own capacity. What is the meaning of this image? Firstly, as mentioned before, the level of development acquired by each human being is, in general, very distinct one from the other. Being so, each one of the three workers was in a specific degree of evolution. Secondly this fact indicates that the bigger the height of spiritual elevation of a person, the more gifted is he or she. Using correctly those gifts this person can produce better and bigger deeds contributing more significantly to the development and perfection of Creation. Consequently gifts are not arbitrarily distributed here and there for one and another. Before anything else it is a must for any person to be prepared accordingly to deserve them. The person that keeps in motion his spirit will not permit those gifts to stall on the contrary he or she must use them diligently in a way to produce fruits in abundance. The one that received five talents and the other that received two as well went out immediately to negotiate (work); they did not waste time to produce corresponding fruits. The quantity and magnificence of these fruits constitute a living gratitude to the One that gave them those precious gifts which form the most adequate expression of their praise and adoration of God. This sentence from the Master testifies that: “My Father is glorified by this: that you produce much fruit” (John 15:8)
The master came to settle accounts with his workers after a “long time.” This long time corresponds to the period granted for the spiritual development of the human being. That period was in fact very long, in the range of millions of years. By the actual epoch, that is, by the time to render final accounts, each one should have attained the expected level of development, ready to deliver to the Lord good results over the application of the talents, the gifts that were granted ages ago, i.e. the return on the investment made by the Light. Both, the one that received five talents and the other that received two made correct use of their gifts and delivered proudly to their master the multiplied result, product of their diligent activity. The third that had just one talent let his gift abeyant. He did not generate any benefit with it and for that reason the only one gift he had was taken from him.
The talent went back to the owner the same as delivered before, without producing anything useful from the hands of the indolent worker. It went back to the origin in the same fashion of a seed that did not sprout a spiritual germ that did not develop as it should have. The lazy servant acted against the will of his lord which expected his subordinate at least a minimum grade of spiritual development. The image of the sole talent being delivered to the other that had already ten talents shows, as explained before, the effect of the Law of Attraction of Homogeneous Species, which automatically ensures that new gift goes to whoever made adequate use of the gifts already received, reinforcing the disposition for good deeds producing good things. This way, “For to all those who have, more will be given, and they will have an abundance; but from those who have nothing, even what they have will be taken away.”
“As for this worthless slave, throw him into the outer darkness.” We can now ask how it is possible, after reading a phrase like this, to find someone that can say that it is enough to "accept" Jesus as his savior to be comfortably towed up to the heavens in the middle of angelical jubilant chants, free of all sins… Without personal effort in seeking his own development, without energetic continuous movement to the heights, no one can progress even a millimeter in the direction of Paradise. Be sure that the Kingdom of Heaven will not be forced to descend to the useless sluggish servant.
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