Modern Talents

Sunday 17th July 2016 Emmanuel Parish, Juba South Sudan
Sermon by the Rt Rev Moses Deng Bol
Biblical Texts Genesis 1:26, Mathew 25:14-30 the Parable of the Talents.
Theme: The Kingdom of God


Jesus told the parable of the talents in which he compared the kingdom of God with a Master who went on a journey and entrusted his money (talents) to three of his servants to manage it while he is away and account to him once he returned. According to Jesus each of the servants was given a certain number of talents based on his/her ability. We will draw five Principles out of this parable and apply them in our own contexts (family, Offices and business) as individuals and as a Country.

1) The Principle of ownership-In this parable the Master (God) is the owner of the resources (talents). In Genesis 1:1 God is the creator of the universe and everything in it. So it is very clear that God is the real owner of everything we have including ourselves and our talents (abilities).

2) The principle of Responsibility-In the parable the three servants were given the responsibility of managing the resources on behalf of their master. In Genesis 1:26 God gave the responsibility of managing all the resources he created to humanity (male and female) to manage them on his behalf. So we are given the responsibility by God to take care of his creation.

3) The principle of Accountability-In the parable each of the three servants was expected to account to his master for the resources entrusted to him. The aim of the accountability is to know how the servants have used the resources they were given in order to gain more resources. So God wants us to use the resources he has entrusted to us to gain more resources.

4) The Principle of Reward-This principle is based on the result of the accountability. In the parable two of the three servants gave their master a good account on how they have used the resources he has entrusted to them to gain more resources. The master rewarded them with appreciation (well done, you good and faithful servants) and by giving them more resources and responsibilities.

 5) The principle of Punishment-In the parable one of the three servants buried the talent which was entrusted to him and he did not use it to gain more talents. So the master punished him with an insult (bad and lazy servant), the talent he had was taken away from him and he was thrown out in the darkness, a place of crying and grinding of teeth.



Where are we in this parable as South Sudanese? Are we being rewarded or being punished? In my view God is currently punishing us for misusing the resources he has entrusted to us for the last ten years. As a country God has blessed us with abundant natural resources underground, on the ground and in the waters as mentioned in our National Anthem and in Jok Lal’s song (Junub Adik).

But we have not used these resources to invest in projects that will generate more income for the Country such as Agricultural schemes, Businesses, education etc. Instead we have wasted all our money on big and very expensive cars, renting big houses in the neighbouring countries, staying in very expensive hotels for years etc. While the South Sudanese women and children particularly widows and orphans who lost their husbands and parents in the liberation struggle are begging on the streets of almost all the South Sudanese towns. So God is not happy with us and is punishing us now by taking away even the little we had.

However the good news is that there is a room for repentance. God wants us to repent our sins and he will forgive us and bless our nation again with peace and more resources. So I appeal to all of us to repent and ask God for forgiveness and blessing.

I also appeal to the Government to priorities at least three projects of security, roads and the rule of law because no one else can do any of these except the Government. These three will facilitate the Churches, NGOs and business community to invest in other schemes such as education, agriculture, health etc

 Thank you for listening and May God bless you