SO I WAS AFRAID AND HID YOUR TALENT
Matthew 25:24-25 “Then the man who had received the one talent came. ‘Master, he said, I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.”
The man was selfish and only thought of himself, his worries and fears.
And the man did not sound ashamed of what he had done. Was he thinking he was being wise and practical? Did he think it was prudent to bury the talent? Yes, it was safe buried, but no one ever saw that talent, nor could they use it.
But then he had hard thoughts about his master. “I was afraid.”
The talent didn’t belong to the worker. It belonged to the master.
We are caretakers of the time, money, and abilities the Lord has given us. We are not owners. They were given to us to use for His Kingdom and will be left behind when He comes again.
COME AND SHARE YOUR MASTER’S HAPPINESS
Matthew 25:22-23 “The man with the two talents also came. Master he said, you entrusted me with two talents’ see, I have gained two more. His master replied, Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!”
Someone gave me a bag of used tennis balls. Since the children in my village did not have any balls, I gave them out as gifts for memory verses or jobs well done.
One evening one of the women who bought groceries for me, asked if I would give her three-year-old child a tennis ball. I had only two tennis balls left. Since I’d only given them to the children who completed a job or memorized verses I did not want to give one to the boy.
But God said, “Give him a ball.”
After I gave the tennis ball, the mother came to thank me several times for the wonderful gift I gave her son. She said he went to sleep with the tennis ball clutched in his hand but when he woke the ball was gone. They searched the house and when they found it the boy carried it around all day.
It was a little gift, for he hadn’t done anything to earn it.
We’ve never earned the gifts we’ve received from the Lord.
Like this mother who thanked me many times, we, too should thank the Lord for every gift He has given us. For like her son, we don’t deserve any gifts from God. We too, should appreciate what God has given us.
WELL DONE, GOOD AND FAITHFUL SERVANT
Matthew 25:21 “His master replied ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!”
When we have been faithful and used what He has given us and done what He asked us to do, the Lord will be pleased with us. Come and share you master’s happiness.
When God entrusts us with His goods, we should thank Him for them and give Him praise. The more we do for the Lord and serve Him, the more He gives us to serve Him in greater ways.
If we are faithful with the few things He has given us, He will give us many things.