“His lord said unto him, ‘Well done, thou good and faithful servant’: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.” (Matthew 25:21)
One day Jesus told a parable to a group of listeners. We’ve come to know it as the Parable of the Talents, but it is really more the Parable of the Three Choices. Jesus was explaining what the kingdom of heaven would be like in common terms….
“For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods. And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey. Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents. And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.”
When the master returned home, he was well please with the two servants who had invested and doubled their talents, but he was furious with the one who hid his one talent in the ground ….
“His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed.”
This story gives me chills every time I read it. For you see, God has given each and every one of us gifts …. gifts that He has purposed for us to use, invest, and multiply. And I’m not just talking about money, but gifts in our inner being. He has given you talents and abilities that He expects you to use to further the kingdom and minister to others; and every one of us has something …..
So what kept the servant with one talent from doing so? Fear. Giving into fear prevented him from investing what he had. I think the master would have been more pleased if the servant had said, “Lord, I invested the talent and unfortunately lost it all.” At least he would have tried. At least he would have made some effort. But the master saw him as evil and lazy. Fear makes us lazy. Think about that a minute. A fearful person does little ….. If you’re fearful of falling, you might not take a step out in faith; if you’re fearful that you aren’t good enough, you might not apply for that job; if you’re fearful that your prayers aren’t being heard, you might stop praying; if you’re fearful of failing, you might not even try ….
There are many examples of ways that fear can cripple us and keep us locked into a stagnant walk on our journeys. However, moving forward despite the fear gets the spiritual couch potato out from under the afghan and into the life she was meant to live ….
So here’s what I want us to think about today: Are we investing the gifts and talents that God has given us, or are we hiding them because of fear …
I don’t know about you, but I want to invest all I have and live bold. I want to take the risk trusting that I will not fall if I simply trust in Jesus. Therefore today, let’s ponder which servant we want to be …..
Read (Matthew 25:14-30) in your bible. Which servant do you resemble the most? Which servant do you want to resemble the most?
You either show fear the door, or it will bolt the lock to keep you out of the places that God has prepared you to go and to do all that He has planned for you to do. But fear has no choice but to leave the premises when you stand on the promises of God and say, “you are not welcome here!”
What area of your life do you need to “show fear the door?”
Let us pray ~
Lord, thank You for entrusting me with gifts and talents. Sometimes I’m not sure what they are, but I pray that You will make them clear to me. Help me to be brave and share the talents that You have given me with others. I want to invest in other people and multiply the fruit in Your kingdom. In Jesus’ Name,