Parable of the Bags of Gold

Kingdom Sermons

Matthew 25: 14-30


Introduction: Why did Jesus tell so many parables about the 

                        kingdom of heaven? 

The treasure in the field,                   the mustard seed, 

the yeast in the dough,                      the pearl of great price, 

the seed scattered on the ground,     the fishing net and 

                                  the weeds in the field. 

 

                        Why did Jesus tell so many parables about 

                         the kingdom of heaven? 

Because – no one parable contains all the truth He wanted to 

                 convey.  Each parable has a central truth, and we 

                               root around in the rest of the details in the 

                               story for spiritual meaning at our peril. 

 

Search through each parable for a main meaning 

                and then do us all a favor: stop searching! 

 

Today’s story by Jesus leads us to believe that the way we 

live here on earth will have rewards or punishments in the 

life hereafter. If you only had today’s parable you might be 

                      tempted to think you can work to earn a place 

                      in heaven. NOT SO. Yet will be accountability

 

A. Accountability will be based upon Gifts and Ability.

1. The first thing to know about all your time 

       and all your money and 

         all your intellect and 

            all your blessings of where you were born and what 

           school you attended and who the good influences in 

           your life were… 

the first thing to know about all that is that it was a gift to 

you from God. Someone remarked “what happens to you is a 

                        gift from God – what you make of all that 

                        happens to you is your gift to God.” 

 

2. See yourself as a steward of the assets in your life right now. 

(remember where the word steward originates…)

14 (The kingdom of God is) like a man going on a journey, 

      who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. 

 

What would it do to your picture of yourself if 

                you decided that you owned nothing! 

We speak of “my body” – but what if the body you are in 

                                   right now is just an earth-suit that God 

                                   made for your spirit to walk around in?  

“My marriage” – no, just a place for you 

                            to learn how to be unselfish.  

“My Job” – a place where God can 

                   advertise His love through you. 

You get it: called his servants and

                  entrusted his wealth to them.

 

1.“Pastor, I would be a MUCH better Christian 

     if I could sing better than I do.”  

             “Pastor, I would do so much MORE for God 

               if I were only a wealthy soul.”  

                          “Pastor, if I only I lived in a different  

                           country I would be a much more      

                                        EFFECTIVE witness for Jesus.”  

 

Don’t talk rubbish!  That’s a pile of garbage! Listen to this 

scripture:  15 To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two 

   bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. 

 

God expects nothing more from you 

                    than what you are and what He has given you. 

Your Accountability will be based upon Gifts and Ability.  

      If you are a ‘two-bags-of-Gold-ability’ person – stop 

      envying the 5 bags servant – you can’t handle that much! 

 

2. There are some things in which all God’s servants are 

     equally gifted:  

Free air – we all take about 1000 breaths an hour. 

     Free communication – there’s about 5 000 major 

     languages on earth and each of us gets to understand 

     at least one of them.  

            How about time:  Nobody gets less than 24 hours 

            every single day. If you live to 60 you have been 

            given the same 525, 600 hours as all the other 60 

            year olds. 

                      Some of you sleep 9 hours a day and 

                 some sleep 5 hours a day. That means the latter 

                 group have 87, 600 more hours to get things done!

 

16 The man who had received five bags of gold went at once

   and put his money to work and gained five bags more. 

17 So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. 

18 But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a 

          hole in the ground and hid his master’s money 

                       Does that last bit make you say “oh, oh….”

 

3.Overall we have to admit that there are some people with 

more talents and graces than we have.  A Sunday School 

song used to say: 

“One talent have I to take to the sky; 

while others are blest with ten of the best. 

Why should I complain, from service refrain, 

no never, no never not I.”  

             Now before we go to the second half of this message 

            we should state the obvious: 

            Salvation is by faith through grace alone. Ephesians:

“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—

  and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God.” 

 

Now here’s where today’s parable comes in: illus: I might 

offer you the free gift of a violin, I paid for it, I wrapped it, I 

held it out to you, and maybe you even took it from me an 

stuck it in your closet. Just like salvation: the gift is only 

                                    really yours when, however well or 

                                    badly, you start playing that violin. 

There is coming a judgment day and on that day your….

 

B. Acceptability will be based upon

    Opportunity and Relationship.

1.While we can never be saved by doing good works – it’s 

also true that doing good works is the natural result of the 

salvation experience. We often sing these words 

                                 “I will serve Thee because I love Thee.” 

In Jesus’ story there are three servants. 

Three servants with various abilities. 

I sometimes say that if you want to get something done 

                                  give the job to a busy person. 

 

The servants with higher abilities got entrusted with 

       larger amounts of responsibility. Here is what happened: 

19 “After a long time the master of those servants returned      

     and settled accounts with them. 

                   20 The man who had received five bags of gold 

                 brought the other five. 

‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. 

See, I have gained five more.’ 

21 “His master replied, ‘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 are going to see in a moment that people would have gasped

when Jesus said the words: You have been faithful 

                                                        with a few things; 

The principle though is true: If you are found faithful in what 

you have been entrusted to do – there will be greater 

responsibilities and most often greater rewards. 

 

Jesus wanted to hammer home this concept 

so the second servant reports: 

22 “The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, 

‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’

23 “His master replied, ‘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!’

 

2.The original translators of the Bible into English from 

Greek and Latin came upon this word for how much each 

servant was trusted to manage. They translated it into the 

                                                   word talent. 

Wycliffe in 1390 used the English word Bezant. 

He was talking about a gold or silver coin minted at 

Byzantium. 

The choice of the word Talent came directly from the Greek: 

Originally a measure of weight varying in size from about 57 

to 79 lbs; then a unit of coinage whose value differed 

considerably in various times and places, but was always 

comparatively high. So all that is fairly complicated.  

 

Let’s just stay with the idea of 5, 2 and 1 bags of gold. 

    So that’s 325,   130   and   65lbs of gold. 

          Gold this week was $1229 per Oz. 

 

So that’s 5, 2 and 1 bags of gold  

and that’s 5, 200 oz, 2, 080 oz and 1, 040 oz 

 5 bags valued at 6 million 390 thousand 8 hundred dollars  

               (now you see why they gasped), 

  2 Bags at $ 2 million, 556 thousand 320 dollars and 

   1 bag at  $1 million 278 thousand 160 dollars.  

 

In Jesus’ story each person had been trusted with plenty of 

responsibility. Say: are you one of those 60 year olds that 

         has already been trusted with 525 thousand 600 hours?

 

3. 24 “Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. 

‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting 

where you have not sown and gathering where you have not 

scattered seed. 25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your 

gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’

26 “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew 

that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have 

not scattered seed? 27 Well then, you should have put my money 

on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have 

received it back with interest. 28 “‘So take the bag of gold from him 

and give it to the one who has ten bags. 29 For whoever has will be 

given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not 

have, even what they have will be taken from them. 30 And throw 

that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will 

be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

 

4.Is this unfair? 

       He only had one talent?  

             He only had 1.2 Million dollars to work with.  

                  Don’t you just feel SO sorry for him? 

 

No, it’s not unfair. But all of that is to speak to the second 

                               point in this sermon: 

he whose accountability was based upon Gifts and Abilityfound that 

his acceptability was based upon Opportunity

                                  and Relationship. 

He had enough to work with but he never loved his master. 

 

‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not 

sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 

25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground.

 

 

 

Conclusion – this is a parable about the kingdom. 

                   This is a parable that says if you are IN the 

                   kingdom you will have a desire to work for God. 

You will want to promote the kingdom.  

You will spend time not on yourself, 

                                            your safety, 

                                            your ease – 

 

but rather on the interests of King Jesus. 

 

On the day when the final account of your life must be given 

it won’t matter if you had five, two or one bags full of 

abilities. 

 

There will be five, two and one baggers going to heaven and there

will be five, two and one baggers failing to get into the kingdom.  

 

The question today is what are you doing 

                                    with what you have been given?