Dr. Dan Hayden • 

Have you ever trusted somebody with your stuff and they didn’t take care of it? Our possessions are something we value, and we want other people to value them, too.

The Parable of the Talents is a story Jesus told to describe what it will be like when He returns at His second coming. Now, the point of the story is that we are responsible to Him for the things that He has entrusted to our care, and we will all give an account for what we have done with His things.

In Matthew 25:14, Jesus begins the parable by saying, “For it is just like a man about to go on a journey, who called his own slaves, and entrusted his possessions to them.” Well, this parable is a sobering reminder that all we have, actually belong to Christ. We are simply stewards of His possessions.

The word “possessions” is a Greek word that refers to whatever exists. In other words, whatever a person has is their goods or possessions.

 

Now the parable suggests that the possessions actually belong to the Lord – not us. He “called his own slaves [or servants], and entrusted his possessions to them.” Well, in the parable we are the Lord’s servants. So whatever we have been given actually belongs to Him: our material wealth, our clothes, and food, and shelter, and all our earthly possessions and money. It also includes our natural talents and abilities – everything that we possess!

So, if it all belongs to Christ, how are you doing as a servant entrusted with His “stuff”? Are you faithful and responsible to Him in putting everything to its best use – from His point of view? Or do you hoard things, like they are your own? Remember, you are accountable for what you do with His possessions.

Now you know the real meaning of the word.

Listen, who told you all that “stuff” was yours? The deal is – it belongs to Christ and you are accountable.