In this parable, Jesus is telling a series of parables to explain what the kingdom of heaven will be like. In the series, the underlying message is: Be Ready.
Ready for what?
For Christ's return.
When Christ returns, he expects to see certain things from his people. He expects to see His servants (that would be us) looking forward to his coming and working hard in and for his kingdom. The parable of the loaned money, or talents, represents this clearly.
We have a different meaning for the word talent today. It's no longer a monetary reference, but it still refers to something we have been given for a purpose. I love the way my study Bible explains it:
"The master divided the money (talents) among his servants according to their abilities. No one received more or less than he could handle. If he failed in his assignment, his excuse could not be that he was overwhelmed. Failure could come only from laziness or hatred toward the master. The talents represent any kind of resource we are given. God gives us time, gifts, and other resources according to our abilities, and he expects us to invest them wisely until he returns. We are responsible to use well what God has given us. The issue is not how much we have, but how well we use what we have."
Life Application Study Bible - NIV
What happened to the worthless servant who buried his talent because of fear and laziness?
Read, Matthew 25:30 to find out!
How about you? Is there any "talent" you've been too afraid to use for Jesus' sake? If so, get to work and don't worry, because Jesus loves you and will help you in your work for him.
"There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear..." 1 John 4:18