This movie requires Flash Player 8. Download Flash Player 8

© 2020ApologeticsPress
(800) 234-8558
syndication   |  About AP   |  Sign up for E-mail Newsletter    |    Privacy Policy    |    Contact Us
Issue Features
View this issue online as it looks in print
Discovery Magazine 4/1/2018

Working for a Fortune

by  AP Staff

Jesus used many different parables to teach the Gospel. One of those is the parable of the talents, found only in Matthew 25:14-30. In this parable, Jesus told the story of a wealthy man who was getting ready to travel to a far country. Before leaving, the master entrusted his servants with his money. He gave one man five talents, one man two talents, and another man one talent. These talents, however, were not “talents” like we normally think of talents (such as being a good singer or baseball player). In Jesus’ day, a talent was an amount of money. In fact, a talent was a large sum of money; some scholars think one talent of silver was worth well over $1,000!

The master wisely gave the servants what he knew each one could handle. The servant with five talents traded and gained five more; the servant with two talents traded and earned two more. But the man with one talent buried his money in the ground and left it there until the master came back! After a long while, the master returned and asked his servants to explain what they had accomplished with the money he had given them. He was very pleased with the first two, and praised both of them for their good stewardship. On the other hand, the third servant explained that he had decided to bury his money until the master’s return.

The master called that servant wicked and lazy for not using the money properly. The master then gave the one talent to the first servant, and explained that those who have much will receive even more, while those who have little will lose what they do have. With that, the master charged: “Cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matthew 25:30).

Jesus used this parable to teach that we cannot be lazy while waiting for the Judgment. If we do not work for the Lord, we will lose what we have and end up with nothing, just like the lazy servant. But if we work hard and remain faithful, we will gain even more, so that when Jesus returns, He will say to us: “Well done, good and faithful servant; enter into the joy of your Lord” (Matthew 25:21,23).

Copyright © 2018 Apologetics Press, Inc. All rights reserved.

*Please keep in mind that Discovery articles are written for 3rd-6th graders.

This document may be copied, on the condition that it will not be republished in print unless otherwise stated below, and will not be used for any commercial purpose, as long as the following stipulations are observed: (1) Apologetics Press must be designated as the original publisher; (2) the specific Apologetics Press Web site URL must be noted; (3) any references, footnotes, or endnotes that accompany the article must be included with any written reproduction of the article; (4) textual alterations of any kind are strictly forbidden; (5) Some illustrations (e.g., photographs, charts, graphics, etc.) are not the intellectual property of Apologetics Press and as such cannot be reproduced from our site without consent from the person or organization that maintains those intellectual rights; (6) serialization of written material (e.g., running an article in several parts) is permitted, as long as the whole of the material is made available, without editing, in a reasonable length of time; (7) articles, excepting brief quotations, may not be offered for sale or included in items offered for sale; and (8) articles may be reproduced in electronic form for posting on Web sites pending they are not edited or altered from their original written content and that credit is given to Apologetics Press, including the web location from which the articles were taken. Further, documents may not be copied without source statements (title, author, journal title), and the address of the publisher and owner of rights, as listed below.

For catalog, samples, or further information, contact:

Apologetics Press
230 Landmark Drive
Montgomery, Alabama 36117
Phone (334) 272-8558

Web Store

Defending the Faith Study Bible

We are very excited to announce the NEW AP Defending the Faith Study Bible now available.

Featured Audio


Click the following link to visit our Multimedia section.

Featured Audio