A healing gave me a new and unexpected understanding of Christ Jesus’ parable of the talents, of its deep relevance and great importance to our lives, including our spiritual growth and progress.
In this parable (see Matthew 25:14–30) a man gives his servants talents—five to one, two to another, and a single talent to a third servant. The man then takes a journey to a far country. When he returns, he checks in with each of the servants to see what use they have made of their talents in his absence.
The servant to whom he had given five talents had doubled the value of what he was given and had gained five more talents. His master commends him, saying: “Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.”