I’ve been reading through the gospel of Matthew for the past few months, and recently read the parable of the talents in Matthew 25. As I pondered the actions of each of the servants, and the Master’s reaction to the work they did (or didn’t do), I realize that so often I’ve found myself like the servant who had been given only one talent.
He buried the talent that had been entrusted to him by the Master, because he was afraid of losing it. As I consider his actions, I understand his fear. Because he had only one talent, he had no room for error. If he invested the talent and lost it, he would have NOTHING when the Master returned. So he played it safe. He made sure he would at least have the one talent he was given.
Often those who have been given fewer resources, and/or fewer abilities allow fear to keep them from taking risks because there is so much to lose. There is no room for mistakes. One wrong move could cause them to lose everything.Continue Reading