Reading: Matthew 25: 14-30
Verse 25: “So I was afraid and went and hid your talent in the ground”.
Fear motivates at least the third slave. He is fearful of losing the master’s money so he goes and buries it in the ground. At least when the master returns he can give him what is his. He is playing it safe. He knows the master is harsh, so he avoids taking a risk. When the master returns he punishes the third slave for playing it too safe. The one talent he has is taken and given to the one with ten talents. The third slave is thrown out into the darkness.
As Christians, does God expect us to take chances, to do some risky things for our faith? I think He does. At a minimum we are called to live out our faith. In the simple way we live our lives, we should be sharing our faith with others. This takes risks. To offer fellowship to that co-worker who always seems to be alone takes on the risk of rejection. To offer grace and forgiveness to that classmate who always wants to be first, usually hurting others to get there, takes on the risk of being hurt again. To ask that person who seems to be in a rough spots takes on the risk of involvement and possibly relationship. And these are just a few small risks that God expects us to take as ones who try and follow Christ’s example. Each act, as a small seed planted, will one day bear fruit for the kingdom.
I believe God is also calling us to more than simply living out our faith. God creates each of us uniquely, with special talents inside each of us. Some are teachers, some are preachers, some are evangelists, … God expects us to take these talents and to put these to work as well. It usually involves stepping out of our comfort zones the first time or two. Yet as we live into the call of God on our lives, we begin to see these actions bearing fruit as well. God desires to be at work in and through us, allowing the light and love of Jesus to go forth into the world, bearing a crop 30, 60, or 100 times what was sown. In both the small ways and in the big ways, may we each seek to use the talents that God has given us to build the kingdom here on earth.