Matthew 25:14-30 tells the story of a master, his servants, and the property the master entrusted to them. Jesus is the speaker and the audience is his disciples.
Jesus’ words in Matthew 25:14-18 are:
“Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his property to them. To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. The man who had received the five talents went at once and put his money to work and gained five more. Also, the one with the two talents gained two more. But the man who had received the one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.” (Emphasis added).
In this parable the master represents Jesus, the servants represent us, and the master’s talents represent the things God gives us while we are here living and working on this side of heaven.
These verses reveal two principles that apply to your career today.
You have been entrusted with God’s property.
Jesus owns everything and he has temporarily given some of it to you to manage. This includes your natural abilities both physical and intellectual; your resources, opportunities, relationships, and possessions.
At its core, your work-life is real-time stewardship of God’s gifts. Whether you are a trainee or a manager, or your work is small or far-reaching—it’s all a gift from God and he expects you to put it to good use.
God has given to you according to your ability.
God gives customized gifts. “To one he gave five talents of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent.” God’s gifts are perfect for who you are today.
In God’s eyes and in the context of your career, no job is too small.
Be faithful with what God has given you today and he will take care of everything else. When you are ready, he will bless you with more and greater things tomorrow. God’s plan for you goes far beyond your current place on a company organization chart.
God respects every bit of your good work regardless of its pay, scope, or setting. No job is too small if it is what God has for you today. The world may be telling you that your talents are too few, but God won’t agree.
Finally, in Matthew 25:23, the master praises the two faithful servants when he says:
“Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!”
“You have been faithful”—this is what God wants to say to you and every Christian. He is ready to reward your good work with these words: “Well done, good and faithful servant! … Come and share your master’s happiness!”
No job is too small. Do great work regardless of its pay, prestige, or setting.