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Short Story: The Parable of The Talents

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Once there was a wealthy master who decided to go on a long journey. Before he left, he summoned his three servants and entrusted them with his property. To one servant, he gave five talents, to another, two, and to the third, one, each according to his ability.

The first servant immediately went out and traded with the five talents and earned five more. The second servant also went and traded with the two talents and earned two more. But the third servant, who had been given one talent, dug a hole in the ground and buried his master’s money.

After a long time, the master returned and asked his servants to give an account of what they had done with his money. The first servant came forward and presented his master with ten talents. “Well done, good and faithful servant!” the master exclaimed. “Because you have been faithful in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!”

The second servant also came forward and presented his master with four talents. “Well done, good and faithful servant!” the master exclaimed. “Because you have been faithful in a few things, I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!”

But the third servant, who had buried his master’s talent in the ground, came forward and said, “Master, I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground. Here is what belongs to you.”

The master was angry and said, “You wicked and lazy servant! You knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed. You should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.”

Then he took the one talent from the servant and gave it to the one who had ten talents. “For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him,” the master said.

The moral of the story is that we are all given different talents and abilities, but we must use them wisely and not be afraid to take risks in order to grow and develop them. We should not bury our talents, but rather use them to their full potential for the glory of God.

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