But the third man returned his talent. He’d dug a hole and buried the money in the backyard. He hadn’t even put it in the bank where it could earn interest.
Maybe his reluctance is understandable. He might have been thinking,” What if I botch this up? What do I know about this investing stuff? Better to just make sure this one talent here is safe.”
But if we look closely, we’ll notice three things about the third employee, whom the boss calls “wicked and lazy.”
- First, he didn’t love and trust his master. He called his master a “hard man.”
- Second, he wasn’t on board with the company mission. He didn’t like the idea of “gathering where you have not scattered seed.” Somehow, he didn’t go along with his master’s methods of reaping and gathering.
- Third, he was afraid. His own self-preservation was more important than the boss’s agenda.
Do we, like the unfaithful servant, have a flawed image of Our Lord? Do we imagine Him as a harsh taskmaster who gives us a job then sits back to watch us fail? Do we forget that He’ll give us the power to accomplish what He assigns?
My problem is fear. I fear rejection and ridicule as I make tentative efforts to use my meager abilities. I suspect this is where many of you struggle, also.
I listen to the voice in my head that says, “You’re not good enough.” (I can guess whose voice that is.)
But what if that nagging, clamoring voice in my head is causing such a ruckus that I can’t hear the voice of the Master? What if Jesus is saying, “Hey, about those talents I gave you? What have you done with them? How are you using them for My kingdom?”
What gifts and abilities has God given you? Have you been making excuses instead of making investments in the kingdom? What can you do today to develop and use your gift?
If we refuse the risk, we’ll never reap the rewards.
We miss out on hearing, “Well done, thy good and faithful servant. Enter into the joy of your lord.”
Let’s dig up that rusty, buried talent and invest it in the kingdom, then trust God for the results!
For His Kingdom Purpose,
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