Also the one who had the two talents came forward, saying, “Master, you entrusted two talents to me. See, I have [made a profit and] gained two more talents.” His master said to him, “Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful and trustworthy over a little, I will put you in charge of many things; share in the joy of your master.”
It’s so interesting that to both the servants—the one with five talents and the other with two—the master sees this huge investment as a little thing. This is not to say the deposit of His Holy Spirit (grace) into our lives is a little thing, but rather it reveals that, compared to what He has in store for us, the life to come is far greater than we could imagine. Ephesians 3:20 says, "Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us.” His Holy Spirit is working in us instead of us working in our flesh. He is working in us to restore us to the full image of who we are. He has given us the riches to purchase back our humanity.
The original image of being human was lost and marred because of sin. We have been striving as a human race to become fully alive again, but because of sin we are dead, trapped in a life of servitude and slavery. Now through Christ, the ultimate human who is fully God and fully man, we have been given the necessary riches—or grace— to recover the expensive image that was lost. These riches are His Holy Spirit. Instead of us having to redeem ourselves or recover our humanity or try and revive our dead lives, the Holy Spirit is the necessary investment to redeem everything we have lost.
When the master saw that this servant faithfully used and invested His riches, doubling the amount, the master reveals that now he’s going to pour out even more blessing upon him. The servant, when he first received the two talents, could not believe that he was entrusted with over three million dollars—from slave to millionaire overnight. It was shocking! Now because this servant did not neglect this investment, the master revealed that this first deposit was little compared to what he actually had now in store for him.
What God has given us through Jesus Christ, a deposit of His Holy Spirit, is so generous it’s staggering. But what God has in store for us as we are faithful with this first deposit of His Spirit is way beyond anything we can imagine or hope for, as Paul reveals in 1 Corinthians 2:9-10, “Things which the eye has not seen and the ear has not heard, and which have not entered the heart of man, all that God has prepared for those who love Him [who hold Him in affectionate reverence, who obey Him, and who gratefully recognize the benefits that He has bestowed]. For God has unveiled them and revealed them to us through the Holy Spirit; for the Spirit searches all things diligently, even [sounding and measuring] the profound depths of God [the divine counsels and things far beyond human understanding].”
If we value His grace, His Holy Spirit, we will become a human who is a fully alive again—but it doesn’t stop there. Being fully alive as a human here on earth is just the beginning of what He has in store for those who love Him and value the deposit of the Holy Spirit. As we are faithful with the little, which is already way too much, God promises to give us more Himself for all of eternity. Such joy and such goodness and such pleasure—no mind could ever comprehend the beauty of what is in store for us. So, "Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom” (2 Corinthians 3:17).
Dig up your freedom today: do not bury the Holy Spirit, but taste and see what is in store for you—and for all of eternity. Rest in the Holy Spirit, no longer your works of the flesh.
// Pastor Josh Kelsey