risk taker (part 2)
Post by Pastor Jonathan Fox
Matthew 25:14–30 has been so convicting and inspiring. I have been reading this section of scripture over and over again, and each time I read it and think on it, something new pops out. Today, I want to zone in on the word, slothful, which was used to describe the servant who buried his talent. The word has less to do with being lazy and more to do with misplaced energy and effort. Let's take a look at what the servant with one talent actually did and his reasoning.
18 But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master's money. 19 Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them.
24 He also who had received the one talent came forward, saying, ‘Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed, 25 so I was afraid, and I went and hid your talent in the ground. Here, you have what is yours.’ 26 But his master answered him, ‘You wicked and slothful servant! You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I scattered no seed? 27 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.
The servant with the one talent invested his energies into burying his talent and not investing it. It's safe to bury things and not invest them. You are giving less energy, it's not as difficult and you don't have to risk ANYTHING! A risk taker has to evaluate the places in their life where they may be “slothful,” where they are misplacing their energy. When you misplace your energy you are missing an opportunity. It's amazing to me how much opportunity I find when I take a look at how my time, energy and work is being emphasized. Where are your energies being invested and how might you change those places. It may only take a few minutes and pen and paper to start engaging those places of missed opportunity.
Next, in the scriptures, we see that the master confronts this heart of slothfulness by saying, "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." What I find interesting is that the Master seems to be stating that his servant has a misguided view of how his Master does business—Master, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you did not sow, and gathering where you scattered no seed—which guided him to stay far from any risks, like investing the talent he was entrusted. A misguided view leads to misplaced energy. We will do the wrong stuff, at the wrong time, with the wrong people if our view is not based on the reality of who God is. Is your view of God keeping you from taking a risk?