He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more.” -Matthew 25:16.
What have you been doing with your “talents”? This could refer to your actual money, your natural talents, or quite simply the gifts that you have been given in this life. In this post, I will talk about how it relates to your monetary investments.
Many of us have been asked the question: What would you do if you won the lottery? This gets to the heart of what you think you would do with some unexpected extra money. In the parable of the talents, Jesus is actually talking about the Kingdom of Heaven, but let’s look at it on the literal level for a minute. Through this parable, Jesus appears to be telling us to invest the money. In this way, our income is likely to grow and then be able to be used for greater things later on.
I don’t think that he means that we need to invest it in order to have a safety net, because, in life, there are no guarantees. And Jesus is all about being fully present in this moment and not being afraid to take risks. I think this advice about investing is a reminder to put our money, which is a form of energy, where it can grow and multiply and be used for the community. It is about not hoarding it away in fear or stinginess. If we become too attached to money, then it becomes our master. And let’s face it, money is a human construct that could change forms any day. If a government’s economy collapses, its dollar bills could become useless. We cannot let money, or lack of money, control us. Instead, let us look beyond what have and look toward what it could be, by sharing and growing our wealth.
If you want to learn more about investing, check out my interview with Stephanie Gardner.
About the Author: Julie Glaser is a healer who creates sacred spaces for people to share, release, and grow. She’s in the habit of being in awe and wonder and writes to share her own experiences and learnings with other inquisitive souls in the process of transforming.