“For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here I have made two talents more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.’ But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’“When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit on his glorious throne. Matthew 25:14-31 (ESV)
My Linking Theory: There is a reason why Matthew placed these verses in this order. As we approach the end times, HaShem will test all of us by giving us additional gifts. These gifts will help us survive perilous times. Some will use their gifts liberally, and some will squander their gifts. Then HaShem will take the squandered gifts from some, and give those gifts to those that increased their gift’s value. It won’t be fair in human terms; however, HaShem knows what’s best for us.Lately, I’ve been wondering why my software sales are more than the rest of the company combined. Frankly, I’m not that good at my job, nor am I smarter than the other people. I’m arguing that HaShem distributes as He sees fit. He's teaching me about talents.
On the personal front, I could be homeless again for the second time in two months. I earn enough money to buy a house; however, HaShem hasn’t directed me to buy a house. Thus, I live in pathetic conditions.What is HaShem telling me? I don’t know. I think He’s telling me that my extra sales are come from Him, and not my talents. As for my living conditions, I think that He wants me to be open to His direction in the near future. I’m learning how to survive in difficult situations, and with difficult [Christians] (yes, my issue is with self-described Christians).
What is HaShem telling you? Are you asking HaShem those types of questions? I don’t know; but, what if you’re squandering your talents? Don’t waste your talents when you’re commanded to use your talents. Bad times are at the doorstep. Don’t waste your talents, it could have eternal consequences, and soon!