In the 25th chapter of the book of Matthew, Jesus tells an intriguing story. He introduces us to two servants who are each given a certain amount of talents by their master. They each invest the money wisely and double what was given to them.
There is also a third servant in the story, a man who received one talent. This man took his talent and buried it in the ground. Listen to the words of the third servant:
“I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground.”
Those are painful words. Those are convicting words.
As a servant of Jesus, I pray those words will not be my declaration before my Lord. As a pastor, it is my sincere prayer those words will not be your declaration before our Lord.
My friends, God has made a deposit into your life, a good deposit. And He is looking for a return on His investment. He has a right to expect you to bear good fruit.
Have the circumstances of your life caused you to bury the talent Jesus has given you? “I was afraid…I was too busy…I was hurt…I was offended…I was (insert excuse hear)…and went out and hid my talent in the ground.”
Don’t you think it’s time to break out your shovel, dig up those talents, and invest them in the Kingdom of God?