A man gave his servants some money

Jesus told His disciples a story about a man who gave his servants some talents, a kind of money. Matt. 25:14–15

One got five talents, another two and the third one talent

The man gave one servant five talents. He gave another servant two talents. He gave another servant one talent. Then the man went on a journey. Matt. 25:15

The first servant earned five more

The servant with five talents worked hard and made five more talents. Then he had ten talents. Matt. 25:16

The second earned two more

The servant with two talents also worked hard and made two more talents. Then he had four talents. Matt. 25:17

The third buried his money

The servant with one talent just buried it in the ground. He was afraid that he would lose it. He did not make any more talents. Matt. 25:18, 25

The man asked what they had done with the money

When the man came home, he asked the servants what they had done with their talents. Matt. 25:19

The first servant made the man happy

The first servant brought ten talents to the man, which made the man happy. He made the servant a leader over many things and told him to be joyful. Matt. 25:20–21

The second also

The second servant brought four talents to the man, which also made the man happy. He made the second servant a leader over many things too and told him to be joyful. Matt. 25:22–23

The man took the one talent from the third servant

The third servant gave the man back the talent he had buried. The man was not happy with the third servant. He said that the servant was lazy, that he should have worked hard and made more talents. Matt. 25:24–27

The lazy servant sent away.  We must use the gifts God gives us

The man took the talent from the third servant and gave it to the first servant. Then the man sent the lazy servant away. The man in the story is Jesus, and He will judge how His disciples have used the gifts they have been given. Matt. 25:28–30

Illustrations by Paul Mann