My spirit has really been dealing with me lately concerning fear. It is a hard thing to conquer and has to be fought on a regular basis.
When I come across the parable of the three servants, I am always reminded how debilitating fear can be. In the Bible, you can go to Matthew, chapter 25, verses 14-30, which reads:
The Parable of the Bags of Gold (NIV)
“Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them.
To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag,
each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey.
The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more.
So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more.
But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.
“After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them.
The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’
“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.
Come and share your master’s happiness!’
“The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’
“His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
“Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed.
So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’
“His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed?
Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.
“‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags.
For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.
And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
(The King James Version refers to the "bags of gold" as talent. So, you will see me use talent and gift in reference.)
This story took me years to understand why I shouldn't side with the one talent servant. Before I got to verse 19, I seriously thought that his Master would be grateful, that he didn't lose the talent. I mean I pined over this scripture. Because I really thought the first two servants were careless and plain fools. But, they were rewarded for taking a risk.
Then, I had to realize something. What if the abilities that God had given me could be multiplied. Simply meaning what he has for me to do, could touch the lives of others for his namesake. That would be unbelievable. That would be a game changer. That would be true kingdom building. And, who benefits from a hidden talent?
Here are some lessons I learned from this passage:
- I believe part of our problem, is that we want even take one step. We have so many ideas. I have so many ideas, but there are times that these grand ideas do not come to fruition. The servants just tried. What if monthly, we pushed ourselves to try ONE thing that we were fearful of.
TIME IS NOT ALWAYS ON OUR SIDE
- It doesn't say how quickly the risk-taking servants, began to put the gift to work. However, we do know that the Master didn't appear after a long time. Sometimes, we have to move quickly. There may never be a right time for us to move forward with our dream or step out on faith. Yet, we can wait so long until our time is up or we missed the most opportune season to receive the greatest return on investment.
YOU HAVE TO TRUST YOUR GIFT AND THE ONE WHO GAVE IT TO YOU -
The passage indicates that the Master gave each servant his talent according to the servant’s ability. God KNOWS our abilities and what we are capable of. Our talents were given to us for purpose. I think we all of have things that we are passionate about and gifted for. However, we let circumstances and feelings get in the way. When we trust God, it may not always be a great feeling of assurance that comes over us. Matter of fact, I believe that trust looks and may even feel crazy initially. However, we just have to lean not to our own understanding.
NEGATIVE THOUGHTS CAN COME QUICKLY
- Again, I can just imagine myself as the one talent servant. So excited to receive a talent from the master. I would have initially thought about all the great things that I could do. However, I would have 25 reasons why my initial thoughts wouldn't work for my one talent by the end of the day. When you hear the Holy Spirit provide you with guidance for your gift, my recommendation is to do it quickly. Our one talent servant provided His Master with a list of excuses. And, in verse 25, the one talent servant eventually admits his fear. We certainly have to fight Satan's attacks on a daily, if not hourly basis. He really tries to get in our heads to stop our progress. You can be sure that Satan comes running to defer us from operating in our gifts as soon as they are given to us. We have to be ready to combat these negative thoughts.
I also looked at The Message translation of this verse. I certainly don’t want to play it safe always. I can say that my biggest regrets in life were when I didn’t try. And, I think life is just more fun, when we take chances, especially when we know that things are God ordained.
I am trying so hard in this season of my life to overcome fear and to fall freely into what God has for me. Is it scary?oh yes. But, I am trying to stay laser focused on the possibilities.
Just remember, fear comes like a garbage truck. It's on a consistent basis, waiting for your trash. Don't consider your talents trash. And don't allow fear to throw away your talent.
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