I need to think about this. Am I digging a hole?
Jesus has been very kind and caring. Jesus is taking care of me. Am I making it grow? Am I expanding His Kingdom?
What am I doing with the talent Jesus has given me? What do I do with it?
It’s also like a man going off on an extended trip. He called his slaves together and delegated responsibilities. To one he gave five thousand dollars, to another two thousand, to a third one thousand, depending on their abilities. Then he left. Right off, the first slave went to work and doubled his master’s investment. The second did the same. But the man with the single thousand dug a hole and carefully buried his master’s money. ~ Jesus | Matthew 25:14-18 (The Message Bible)
The third servant was unfaithful and therefore was unrewarded. Because this man was afraid he might fail, he never tried to succeed. He feared life and his responsibilities. This paralyzed him with anxiety, so he buried the talent to protect it. The least he could have done was put the money in a bank and collect some interest. There was no real risk in that.
What we do not use for the Master, we are in danger of losing. The master reprimanded the unfaithful, unprofitable servant, and then took his talent from him. The man with the most talents received the extra talent.
Some feel that this unprofitable servant was not a true believer. But it seems that he was a true servant, even though he proved to be unprofitable. The “outer darkness” of Matthew 25:30 need not refer to hell, even though that is often the case in the good news books (Matt. 8:12; 22:13).
It is possible that the one-talent man thought that his one talent was not really very important. He did not have five talents, or even two.
Why worry about one? Because he was appointed as a steward by the Master. Were it not for the one-talent people in our world, very little would get accomplished. His one talent could have increased to two and brought glory to his master.
The lazy slave saw the Master as a harsh person. Wow! He said: “Master, I know you. You’re a harsh man, reaping where you haven’t sown and gathering where you haven’t scattered seed.” Apparently he didn’t know Jesus.
Do I see Jesus as harsh, mean and cruel? May it not be so. God is in a good mood. I have been given talent.
These three parables encourage us to love His appearing, look for His appearing, and labor faithfully until He comes. We should be watching, witnessing, and working. We may not be successful in the eyes of men, or even popular with others. But if we are faithful and profitable, we shall receive our reward.
May I hear the words “Well done good and faithful slave”.