Read Matthew 25
Wise investing is one of the smartest things we can do with the money God has blessed us with. While Jesus warns about allowing money to master us, we also must recognize the wisdom in future planning. This could be illustrated in the Parable of the Talents. However, I don’t think that money was on our Lord’s mind when He spoke this parable.
A talent was something very valuable. It regulated the exchange of currency in those days. But what is important in this teaching is not the “amount” or the “type” but rather what was done with it. When the Master returns, it isn’t the amount of talent returned that mattered, otherwise the man with 5 would have received more praise than the one with 2, but the fact that they had put those talents to work and returned more than what was originally given them.
I have heard it preached before that these “talents” are related to our own gifts and abilities, that we should put them to work so that God receives a return on His investment in us; an apt metaphor to be sure. However, keeping with the rest of this passage, I wonder if the meaning we are to gain from this comes from its relation to the parable of the sheep and the goats.
James 1 says that we are not to merely be “hearers” of God’s Word, but “doers.” Those who were welcomed into the Kingdom were those that did something with the Word, “invested the talent” if you will. Jesus said earlier that a tree will be known by its fruit. Perhaps that is the fruit that comes from the sowing of the seed that is God’s Word in us which, in good soil, yields a crop far greater than what was sown.