Matthew 25: 16: “Immediately the one who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and gained five more talents.” Notice that immediately the slave went to work and gained an increase of five talents. Then the master was gone for a “long time” – but when he returned the profit was still the same. During the long time, the slave had just broken even. But see his reward is the same, and there was no verbal correction from the master. The point? Those whose ministries start with a bang, then level out, need not fear judgment at the Last Day – “they shall not lose their reward” (Matthew 10: 42).