Matthew 25:26-30

Mat 25:26 (KJB)
His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strowed:

This master soon turned from kindness to telling his servant that he was wicked and lazy. Every investment reaps where the person does not sow and gathers where they have not scattered. When one buys a stock in a company, they are reaping where they have never done any work and gathered the profits. This master saw the actions of this slave as an insult. Suppose this master was a hard man, that still would not have been the reason of this servantís failure, it was his own laziness and disregard for his master. This is the same situation in Christianity. We are commanded to go into all the world and spread the Gospel. Jesus only spread the Gospel in Israel, so that means all the other Christians will have to sow the word in all the other countries, where the Lord did not sow. Those who have no ministry are as wicked and lazy as the wicked servant because their lives are amounting to nothing.

Mat 25:27 (KJB)
Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.

There was no excuse for this lazy servant to act the way he did. The master was even giving him an example of how he could have made money without doing the dealing the other servants did. He could have deposited his money with the exchangers or the bankers of that time where he could have received his money back with interest. At least it would have been some type of increase. If some Christians do not want to start a ministry or get involved in one, at least they can write a check to a ministry and help fund it. They would at least be doing something for the ministry rather than a total nothing.

Mat 25:28 (KJB)
Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.

Then the master tells the other servants to take the talent from him and to give it to the faithful servant who made five more talents and this would give him eleven. The principle is that when one is faithful in their spiritual duties, they will receive more than they expect. The servant who made five is receiving another talent to add to the others. He did not do business with this talent nor did he do anything with it, he received it as a bonus for being faithful in his duties.

Mat 25:29 (KJB)
For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.

Christians are given spiritual gifts and as they continue to use them, they become more spiritually astute and wiser as the years go on thus building on the spiritual gift but those who neglect to use it become foolish and as a result, their Christian walk is as absent as if they never existed. What a poor legacy. As the Lord sees a Christian being diligent in their walk, they will be entrusted with more and will have an abundance of spiritual knowledge and ministry. Those that do nothing, whatever they do have will be taken from them. One of the sad consequences of having their spiritual life emptied is that they go back into the world and take up worldly causes like environmentalism or save the whales, things which bear no fruit because they are of a secular, not spiritual, nature. Once a Christian begins to lose their spiritual edge, they are no longer an asset for the Kingdom of God.

Mat 25:30 (KJB)
And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

This servant was in the employ with the other two servants and just like the ten virgins, the five unprepared virgins looked exactly like the prepared ones until a certain point was reached which was when their lamps went out and then the difference was exposed. This servant looked just like the other two servants until the time of reckoning when he was exposed as a lazy and unprofitable servant who was quick to falsely accuse his master. The result is that the unprofitable servant was now being sent to hell for being an unbeliever. The day of reckoning is going to come for all unbelievers but this group is one that looked like Christians, they talked like Christians, they went to church like Christians, but the difference is that their religion was an outward manifestation which did not emanate from a regenerated spirit. They had no spiritual substance and what they thought they had, such as being right with God, would be taken away from them and they would be cast into outer darkness or Hell.

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