Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest (or fearful with the responsibility of) very little is dishonest also in much.
If you then have not been faithful with dishonest wealth, who will entrust you with true riches. And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to another, who will give you what is your own? Matthew 25:21, 29; Luke 16:10-13
How I wish I could distill these passages into a tidy pinpoint Mark like I reduced a big pot of chicken broth into a hearty soup today. I want it to be simple: don't kill or don't lie. But this is the Mark of the men who received the talents, two who grew them and one who from fear hid his. This is the Mark also of the servant who was about to be fired and collected a fraction of his master's debt. This Mark tells us to be diligent, entrepreneurial, brave and perhaps even ambitious...for God.
This Mark forces us, not just to emulate Christ's character and personality, but also His industry. This is a busy conscientious Mark that will not sit still long enough to have its portrait painted, especially by Evangeline.
The talents each of us is given are to be used to serve God and others. Even a little ability must be used for the glory of God and His kingdom. No one is given a pass, neither the poor nor the slave. This Mark instructs us to take good care of the things we rent and borrow.
This Mark also reminds us that there is a place of weeping and teeth-gnashing where people will be sent who don't even try to hit the Mark. Jesus tells His followers to be hyper vigilant because no one knows when this world will give way to the new one where we will either live happily ever after, or not.
Get busy, parlay your talents, even if you only have one.