Talent, as used in the Bible, refers to a unit of measurement. It's actually the heaviest and largest unit of measurement and currency. So, in Jesus' parable of the talents, the servants who received talents from their master received a rather large sum of money. The master expected them to use his resources well while he was away. Two of the servants were commended as "good and faithful" because they set right to work with their master's money and multiplied it in his absence. They were rewarded with increased responsibilities and were also then invited to share in the master's joy. In contrast, the servant who did nothing with his talent was severely rebuked. The talent was taken away and that servant thrown "into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth" (v. 30). Not many of us (at least in my circle) have been given huge sums of money to work with. We have been given, however, many talents of a different kind. Each one of us has been crafted in unique and gifted ways. God has created in us certain gifts and talents that He has planned for us to use in his kingdom. Let us be filled with the Holy Spirit who will enlighten us, guide us, and empower us to use our talents in service and to the glory of God. May we, at our Master's return, hear "well done, good and faithful servant!"