The parable of the talents is not about using your gifts for the glory of God. There are many other passages in Scripture about that. The context of Matthew 24 and 25 dictate what Jesus is talking about when He comes to the parable of the talents in 25:14.
Jesus tells this parable in the context of the end times, and He starts the story with the word “For.” In other words, the parable sums up the previous passage’s point.
So, to understand the parable of the talents, we need to know the point of the previous passage. And, the point is this: The Son of Man is coming and you won’t know when, so stay awake and endure to the end.
The Parable of the Talents is about responding to the Gospel. It’s about taking what Christ has left us, the gift of salvation, and responding with to it with joy. Letting it fill up and multiply and overflow into and out of us.
The unfaithful servant who wasted their talent is the one who did not respond in faith to the good news of Jesus.
So, when Jesus says in verse 29:
For to everyone who has will more be given, and he will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, even what he has will be taken away.
He doesn’t mean that the rich get richer and the poor get poorer. He means that those who have received the gospel in life will receive the glorious promise of salvation, but those who have not believed the Gospel will perish.
This is not a light message, and it is not meant to be. Jesus is serious when it comes to our desperate need for salvation. He wants us to understand how dire the situation is. He wants us to see how great God is. He wants us to respond with joy because salvation is His gift to us. He wants what is best for us. He wants us to live and He has provided the way to life with His very life.