“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.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.16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two.18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them… 26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant…”
After dinner each evening, my wife and I enjoy watching the game show “Wheel of Fortune”. We love to compete to see which of us can guess the puzzle first and if we can figure it out prior to the contestants on televisions.
As the contestants spin the wheel, guess the letters in the puzzle and eventually figure out what the puzzle says, they build up monetary amounts. Sometimes there is a vast difference in the amounts that the contests have built up. Other times, the amounts may be fairly close. The contestant with the largest dollar amount at the end of the game wins and gets a chance to solve a bonus puzzle for a much larger reward.
What if…One evening the contestants get to the end of the show and the host says “Okay Susan, I know that you have $20,000, but Mark only has $10,000 and Mary didn’t get any. And Susan, I know you worked hard and it’s very obvious that you know the strategies on how to play and win the game. But, starting tonight, we’re going to combine all of the money won by all three contestants and divide it evenly. So, Susan you will be taking home $10,000 instead of the $20,000. Mark, you will keep the $10,000 you already have. And Mary, I realize you didn’t win anything and it was obvious you had no idea what you were doing in the game. But instead of going home with no money, we’re going to give you $10,000 also!”
- There would be no motivation for the contestant who had nothing, to work at figuring out puzzles when they could coast along and know that whatever the other two contestants earned from their knowledge and abilities would be split among all three.
- And the contestant that worked hard at solving the puzzles and used strategies would know that what they earned would be lost to the contestants that were just coasting along. Eventually those hard working contestants would not even tryout for the show.
How long do you think the show would last? I would venture to say “Not very long.” Afterall, the spinning of the wheel would only be a formality.
“Let the thief no longer steal, but rather let him labor, doing honest work with his own hands”