In His parable of the talents, Jesus tells the story of a wealthy master who entrusts “talents” – a Biblical term for a sum of money – to each of three servants. The first two servants put the talents given to them to work and double their value. The third servant, however, hides his talent in the ground. The master praises the first two servants for a job well done, but punishes the third servant.
The servants in the parable are not working to build wealth for themselves. Instead, they are working for their master’s gain, and their reward is to share in his happiness. Their master praises them not for being savvy business people or for the total dollar amount they amass, but for their faithfulness.
This parable also resonates when “talents” are defined not as money, but as God-given gifts. We are all entrusted with specific talents. It is up to each of us whether we use those talents for our Master’s gain or bury them in the ground.
In the following pages, you’ll meet people who have used their talents to find success as entrepreneurs. But more inspiring than the rewards their talents have brought them on earth are the strides they have made for the Kingdom of God. Each of these people is using his or her business to bring glory to the Master. Each is focused on the same reward, which is to hear the words, “Well done, good and faithful servant.”