Many of us are familiar with the parable of the talents found in Matthew 25.14-29. In this parable, a master gives three servants varying amounts of money to take care of while he is away. The first two servants used their funds to advance their master’s holdings, while the third servant buried his, returning to the master exactly what he had originally been given. The master was pleased with the results of the first two servants and very unhappy with the third. He expressed his pleasure to the first two servants with a similar statement, “Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!”
There are a number of lessons we can learn from this passage. I want to focus on one: The reward for a job well done is more work.