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The Good And Faithful Servant
Jesus Christ used the example of a poor widow to show that what "counts" in God's sight is a whole righteous effort, not the relative physical result. The lesson wasn't about money; it was about a wholesome attitude, not a whole sum of money.
"12:42 And there came a certain poor widow, and she threw in two mites, which make a farthing. 12:43 And he called unto him his disciples, and saith unto them, Verily I say unto you, That this poor widow hath cast more in, than all they which have cast into the treasury: 12:44 For all they did cast in of their abundance; but she of her want did cast in all that she had, even all her living." (Mark 12:42-44 KJV)
The Messiah warned that doing things in His Name can still be judged by Him as "iniquity" (i.e. wickedness) if it is not done with genuine obedience and full righteous intent.
"7:19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. 7:20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
"Well done, thou good and faithful servant"
The parable of the talents (a talent was a specified weight of silver or gold - see Talents) refers directly to how this time of physical life is intended to be used to grow in the way of The Lord (see Spiritual Conception and The Process Of Conversion). Those who do nothing to mature with the knowledge that they have been given may be squandering their opportunity for salvation (see Born Again, How and When? and Could Christ Return Tonight?).
"25:14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. 25:15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. 25:16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. 25:17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. 25:18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord's money.
Fact Finder: How and why is it that the harder one tries not to sin, the easier it often becomes to sin?