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Hiding Your Faith in a Hole

John Collins04/22/2012
In Matthew 25, Jesus gave a parable of a man going on a journey.  He called his servants and entrusted them to his property.

To one servant, he gave five talents.  To another, he gave two.  To another, he gave one.  Each one was given according to their ability.  Then, he went away.

The one that received the five talents used them in trading, and made five talents profit.  The one who had the two talents also used them to make two talents profit.  The one who had been given one talent, however, went and hid it in a hole he dug.

When the master returned, the servants came to settle with him.  The one given the five talents came forward and gave the five talents profit.  The master saw this and said, "Well done, my good and faithful servant.  You have been faithful over a little, and I will set you over much.  Enter into the joy of your master."

The one who was given two talents also was praised.  The master praised him and gave him entrance.

But the one who had received only one talent came forward, telling the master that he was afraid.  He told the master how he hid the talent in the ground, and attempted to give it back to him.  The master was upset with this.  "You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? Then you ought to have invested my money with the bankers, and at my coming I should have received what was my own with interest!" he said.  He commanded the others to take the talent that he was given, and give it to the one with ten talents.

Jesus said that more will be given to everyone that has, and they will have an abundance. But from the one who has not, their portion will be taken away.  They will be cast into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  Have we done well with the little bit of faith that we have been given?  Are we the one that doubled our faith by investing it in others around us, or have we buried our faith within ourselves where nobody can see?  When Jesus returns, will he welcome us with praise, or will he be upset with us for not telling others about Him?