Matthew 25: 14 -18shovel-dirt-13241054

14  [Jesus said,]  “For it is as if a man, going on a journey, summoned his slaves and entrusted his property to them; 15 to one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away.

16 The one who had received the five talents went off at once and traded with them, and made five more talents.     17 In the same way, the one who had the two talents made two more talents. 18 But the one who had received the one talent went off and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.


Five talents.  Two talents.  One talent.  And that last talent went into the ground for safe keeping.  Of course, that last slave was just being conservative.  He didn’t want to risk his master’s treasure which had been entrusted to his care.

Do we have any treasure, any talents that we’ve squirreled away for safe keeping instead of putting them to use in God’s service?  Are there any gifts that we have, or suspect that we have, that we have kept under wraps?    Have we shied away from taking risks for our Lord?

What do we risk losing?  What might we gain?


Dear Lord,

All that we have comes from you.   You know all our gifts and all our shortcomings.   And so you know if we are living boldly or with great caution.

Give us the courage and strength to use all that you’ve graced us with.  Nurture in us a willingness to take risks for you.

And then surprise us.