This sermon by Ps Douglas Wilson greatly blessed our household. It was originally posted on the Christ Church website - https://www.christkirk.com/sermon/face-jesus-christ/.
Romans 16:20; "And the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly. The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you. Amen."
Some background to the Matthew's Gospel will set the context to the parable of the talents. Context is important. It helps you to understand the first audience and the cultural and historical setting of the passage. Doing so does not discount application of the text to your life; rather it enriches it.