Matthew 25:14 "For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. 15 To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. 16 He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. 17 So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. 18 But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master's money. 19 Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. 20 And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, 'Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.' 21 His master said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.' 22 And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, 'Master, you delivered to me two talents; here I have made two talents more.' 23 His master said to him, 'Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.' 24 He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, 'Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here you have what is yours.' 26 But his master answered him, 'You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sowed and gather where I scattered no seed? 27 Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest. 28 So take the talent from him and give it to him who has the ten talents. 29 For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away. 30 And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'
"It" in verse 14 refers to the "Kingdom of Heaven" as in Matthew 25:1. Jesus is using an illustration from everyday life to describe what happens in the Kingdom of Heaven. The property owner entrusted his slaves with various amounts of his resources when he went on a journey. This illustrates what Jesus did with His followers when He ascended into heaven with the promise to return one day to rule. Jesus entrusted each follower with His Spirit and His resources (John 16:6; 2 Peter 1:3-4). Just as the property owner expected his servants to profitably invest the resources he gave them, so Jesus expects us to profitably invest the resources He has given to us. Just as the property owner returned after a long time to settle accounts with his servants, so Jesus will return after a long time to settle accounts with each of those He entrusted with His resources. Just as the property owner rewarded those who invested profitably so Jesus will reward His disciples who invest profitably. Just as the property owner brought judgment on the servant who didn't invest his resources, so Jesus will bring judgment on the people who didn't invest the resources given to them.
As believers in Jesus Christ we have been given His resources to profitably invest. We have been given the fruit of the Holy Spirit to invest in every relationship we have. People around us should experience the love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, gentleness, faithfulness, goodness and self-control the Christ has given us. Our children are given us by God. We are to help them become followers of Christ. We are to invest the grace gifts given us to serve others (1 Peter 4:10). We are to invest the gospel given us to help other people believe and be saved from their sin. We are to invest the material goods we have been given in order to multiply followers of Jesus Christ.
We need to know the resources we have been entrusted with. Do you know? We are to be profitably investing the resources given us by Jesus until He returns. Are you investing His resources profitably? Will Jesus say to you, "Well done good and faithful servant", when He returns to settle accounts or will He say, "Depart from me you wicked, evil servant." ? Those who are investing Jesus' resources will be given more. Those not investing Jesus' resources will have taken away even what they have.
The lesson to be learned is: We are to profitably invest the resources we have been given by Jesus knowing He will reward us with more when He returns to settle accounts.