“To one he gave five talents, to another, two, and to another, one, each according to his own ability; and he went on his journey” (Matthew 25:15).
When reading the parable of the talents, it’s tempting to see God as being somewhat harsh in his judgment of the man given one talent. After all, he didn’t embezzle the money. He wasn’t like the prodigal son, who wasted his holdings on wild, riotous living. No, the judgement against him wasn’t for what he did but what he failed to do. The Master entrusts us with talents according to our ability. While I may not be expected to do as much as the one with five talents, I am expected to do something. The sin of doing nothing is the worst sin of all.