“Then he who had received the one talent came and said, ‘Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. AND I WAS AFRAID, AND WENT AND HID YOUR TALENT IN THE GROUND. Look, there you have what is yours’ (Matthew 25:24-25 NKJV).
Beloved, I think of this story and so many things come to mind. Was this servant just playing safe or was he suffering from insecurity? Was he held back by fear? What’s your own excuse for hiding what you’ve been given? We all have our excuses for not utilizing whatever the Lord has given to us and we think our excuses are valid but apparently, this was something the master did not take likely at all… “But the master replied, ‘YOU WICKED AND LAZY SERVANT! If you knew I harvested crops I didn’t plant and gathered crops I didn’t cultivate, WHY DIDN’T YOU DEPOSIT MY MONEY IN THE BANK? At least I could have gotten some interest on it’ (Matthew 25:26-27 NLT).
He called him WICKED AND LAZY… If it was fear that paralysed you, why did you not deposit what the Lord had given to you into someone else?
Beloved, this just makes me wonder whether this is one area of disobedience that people take likely but in actual fact the Lord is seriously frowning at. The master said… Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents. ‘For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance; but from him who does not have, even what he has will be taken away (Matthew 25:28-29 NKJV).
Beloved, he went from one to zero because the Lord does not like unfruitfulness. You may think it’s unfair but I am also reminded of when Jesus cursed the Fig Tree… The next morning as they were leaving Bethany, Jesus was hungry. He noticed a fig tree in full leaf a little way off, so he went over to see if he could find any figs. But there were only leaves because it was too early in the season for fruit. Then Jesus said to the tree, “May no one ever eat your fruit again!”… (Mark 11:12-14 NLT).
Hmmm… But it’s not the right season? Well, so why are you deceiving people with your full display of leaves? And then, Paul told Timothy… be ready in season and out of season (2 Timothy 4:2).
Beloved, what are you doing with what the Lord has placed inside of you? Fear should not stop you. Paul told Timothy… This is why I remind you to fan into flames the spiritual gift God gave you when I laid my hands on you. For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline (2 Timothy 1:6-7 NLT).
Are you going to be WICKED AND LAZY? Doesn’t sound nice at all. Does it?