Notice that in this parable, nobody makes an exponential increase of the talents given to them. Also, nobody pools their talents together with other people in order to create a massive amount of talents, with which to build a kingdom. This parable is very much a personal message to individual Christians.
Sure it is, but each of our candles (When lit) contributes to the whole.
Yes, it is because of each individual, and the light they reflect, that others take notice and come to glorify the Father.My mother in law, who was not born into a Christian family and who didn't become a Christian until she was almost 50, let me in on something very profound. She said that it didn't matter how great the "Christian west" was, its greatness could never have influenced her to become a Christian. Instead, what drew her to Christ was the actions and the character of a few individual Christians, who were doing nothing more than living out their lives in a kind and gentle way.
And much like the ripples caused by a stone dropped into a body of water, so are the candles lit one by one.The candles on a lampstand are lit one at a time, are they not?