555 Difficult Bible Questions Answered

279. What Is the Lesson of the Parable of the Talents?

The parable in Matt. 25 was given to explain the principle of the judgment From one who had been well endowed much would be expected, and a smaller result would be looked for from one who had received less. Only he would be punished who had made no effort to turn his talents to account Christ probably intended it to apply to every kind of gift Men of wealth, of education, of spiritual privilege, with any kind of opportunity for doing good, were affected by it. A man must do the best he could in his circumstances, and if he could not do as well, or as much as, another who was better equipped, he would not be blamed. The distinction between worldly and spiritual is somewhat vague in this instance. The man who gives to a starving family is not exactly doing spiritual work, but it is the kind of work that this parable would apply to.