I've been doing an exegesis on Matthew 25:14-30, the Parable of the Talents. I never knew that one talent equaled 15 years worth of a working man's salary. I suppose, one talent today might be... Well...okay, let's say the proverbial Joe the plumber... No. Second thought, let's say Janet the waitress makes $35,000 per year. A talent, would be $525,000.
In the parable of the talents, the master leaves three amounts to three slaves, 5, 2, and 1. So to move up to 2008, that's $2,625,000.00, $1,050,000.00, and $525,000.00.
Can you see the disciples' chins dropping? Yeah. That's a lot of money. And the master is leaving it with his slaves! You can see how this can only be a parable. Why would he do it? Where's the security? The man doesn't even leave instructions on how to take care of the money. Ridiculous.
The man comes back and the slave with 5 had made another 5. ($5,250,000.00) The one with 2 made another 2. (2,100,000.00) And the one with only the measly $525,000.00 made nothing. Now, you'd think that the man would be so overwhelmed with the jump from $4.2 million to $7.35 million that he wouldn't care about the other $525,000.00, even if it got lost. The man has made $3,150,000.00! What's a little $525,000.00?
But it's not about the money is it? No. I can't be about the money, because we're dealing in such large sums that ironically, the money seems silly. Maybe that's Jesus' point.
Maybe the point is that when Jesus handed over the keys to the Kingdom ("Whatever you pray in my name I will do…" "Ask and it shall be given to you…") maybe he was handing over a couple billion talents. Ever think about that?
Did you ever stop to consider the genuine wealth of being a person on whom God has lavished his affection and blessing?
What are you going to do with it? Just sit on it?
 Long, Thomas G. Matthew. Page 281.