“So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground.” (Matthew 25:25)
Three servants are given a great amount of money to take care of while their master is gone. Two servants take chances, invest their shares and double their dollars. The third servant is cautious – afraid of making mistakes. He takes his talent and buries it. The talent – a potential, a chance, an opportunity – lies dormant and soiled (but safe!) in a guarded hole.
Mathew 25:25 is the response of a servant who wouldn’t risk. Would the master have been so angry if Servant Number Three had tried and failed? I think not. We have been given the keys to the Kingdom not in order to lock it tight, but to throw wide open the door and invite in any passerby. Risk taking was modeled by the Master Himself when He sent His son to be in our care. This is not the time to play it safe with our talents. The Master expects more.
With the help of a good friend, list your “talents” (abilities, resources, gifts, etc.) and think about the best way to invest them.