Parable of Talents
from You Version

Matthew 25:20-21

James 2:17

Proverbs 16:3

John 15:5

Galatians 6:9

Day 2: Risk & Reward: Lessons from the First Two Servants

When we look at the bold moves that the first two servants took with what they were entrusted with, it is easy to view that as “risk.” 

But let’s elevate it—let’s call it what it actually was: an act of faith. 

Risk implies that we don’t know what is going to happen. Faith, on the other hand, implies that we do know what is going to happen, but we just don’t know how yet. 

So, one of the most powerful things we can do as stewards is to shift our perspective from one of being a big “risk-taker” to one who is boldly stepping out in faith. 

And here is the thing: one small act can have a domino effect. 

Think of the boy with the five loaves and two fish. He gave what little he had, and it fed thousands. The first two servants understood this principle. They didn’t sit on their talents; they multiplied them. It’s an echoing lesson that small, intentional acts can lead to exponential rewards. 

Now, here is where things get interesting. 

Notice that in verse 15, the Master gave according to each servant’s ability

And when they succeeded, their circle of influence grew. So, if you’ve been faithful with a little, brace yourself—more is coming your way. Because the implication is that the more you and I handle well, the more we’ll be entrusted to manage. 

The story is simple, yet the implications are profound. 

Your talents, your resources – they are your sphere of influence. And what you do with them speaks louder than any words you could utter. So take the risk, multiply what you’ve been given, and prepare to be entrusted with more.

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