Jesus firmly commanded us all to serve Him by serving others (25:31-46) and then reminded His disciples of His death in two days, but they still didn’t get it. Meanwhile the religious officials were plotting that same death. A despised woman though was thinking of Jesus. The dispicles were indignant at her act of service, but Jesus reprimanded them.
What service have you rendered to Him that He will cause to be remembered? How many opportunities have you missed? How will you live so as to take full advantage of all opportunities He puts before you?
Salvation is not based on anything we do, it is a free gift of God (Ephesians 2:8-9). But, Jesus says that if we love Him we will obey His commandments (John 14:15; 1 John 5:2-3). In our present passage His commands are that we serve those around us who have needs, “even the least of these.”
Who are “the least of these” around you who need a cup of cold water, a visit, a kind word, respite from the weather, or a meal? Are you providing? “Freely you have received, freely give!” (Matthew 10:8). Like the Ten Commandments, that latter too is a command from God, not merely a suggestion.
The talents mentioned in this text are actually a measure of weight, 75 pounds, and not “gifts,” although these are a part of that which God has entrusted to us. Notice that each of the slaves was given “according to his abilities.” God does not give us tasks which He does not also give us the ability to handle. Note also that He expects us to use what He gives us in order to get more for Him.
The word slave should remind us that it is not up to us to choose the agenda, nor to choose to be lazy. We are to serve Him daily. We serve Him by serving others. Burying what He has given us is not an option. This would lead to being cast into the outer darkness, a place where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth. Service to Him will keep us in the light, where there is the opposite: joy in the Lord!
You do not know when He is returning for you, so you’d best life your life so that He finds you serving him when He returns, rather than goofing off. It’s your choice. What will it be?