‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. – Matthew 25:21
One day Jesus told a parable. We’ve come to know it as the Parable of the Talents, but it is really more the Parable of the Three Choices. (Matt. 25:14-18) 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. ‘You wicked, lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I did not sow and gather where I scattered no seed. …Therefore, take away the talent from him, and give it to the one who has the ten talents’ (Matt. 25:26).
God has given each and every one of us gifts . . . gifts that He has purposed for us to use, invest, and multiply. He has given you talents and abilities that He expects you to use to further the kingdom and minister to others.
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. A fearful person does little. Moving forward despite the fear gets the spiritual couch potato out and into the life they’re meant to live.
Are we investing the gifts and talents that God has given us, or are we hiding them because of fear? Ponder which servant you want to be.