Hiding The Talent, a modern look

The Parable of the Talents

14 “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his property to them. 15To one he gave five talents[a] of money, to another two talents, and to another one talent, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. 16 The man who had received the five talents went at once and put his money to work and gained five more.
17 So also, the one with the two talents gained two more. 18 But the man who had received the one talent went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.

19 “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. 20 The man who had received the five talents brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five talents. See, I have gained five more.’

21 “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!’

22 “The man with the two talents also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two talents; see, I have gained two more.’

23 “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!’

24 “Then the man who had received the one talent 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. 25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’

26 “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? 27 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.

28 ” ‘Take the talent from him and give it to the one who has the ten talents. 29 For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. 30 And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’

That is one scary parable. At least for someone like me, it is.
You’ve been reading my story ( perhaps) so you probably know by now that I struggle with the idea of failure. That somehow I have failed God in not living up to my potentials. And then trying desperately to figure out just what the potential and the focus is to be. Not that I am entirely clueless, I don’t want you to be left with that impression.

I have a pretty good idea what my priorities should be, especially within the life choices I have made. I do have difficulties sometimes with understanding the Lord, what He is doing with all of this. Some of my failures or struggles stem directly to the things that I felt God created in me. I was put into the family I was, I had the circumstances I did, and I have found that I just cannot “go with the flow”. Not easily, anyway. I have had lots of angst over whether the failures are God’s lessons, preparations in disguise ( think Joseph or Moses, or even Esther), or whether I am just truly failing.

I feel very exposed revealing all this in a blog. This is a permanent record, and not the type of thing for a resume of …well…those you want to give ear to. But I am taking a chance, a chance that maybe all of this part of the journey really is preparation for the greater plans that God has, and the development of my final act on the earth. Sort of a “save the best for last” hopefulness. I do know that many people have been where I have, have wondered inside whether they are failing past reclamation. that just too much was spent in the wrong place, sitting under the wrong fig tree.

As the scripture verse at the beginning illustrates so well though… it isn’t for us to worry and give up on ourselves and our talents, but to put them to use. However small the measure of our gift that is left. When you feel a failure you have to exercise some faith to keep going. It is a challenge, but it is also the only way forward.

“I knew that you are a hard man”. We tend to say that, too. God, this is just too hard. You have asked too much from me this time. There isn’t any return on this, what if I am just wasting time developing and using my gifts? Well, the question is going to be asked, why didn’t you put it into the bankers hands?

Bankers are those who make their living multiplying money. That is what they do, or no one invests with them anymore. There are many who have established ministries and entrepreneurial ventures; why not invest yourself with them? Be a supporting act.

There is always some way to develop what is given to you and your responsibility is to allow the unique person you are to fulfill your place in life. That is what we often don’t see. It is sometimes hard to see, but the key is that if you go out into the marketplace of life you are going to discover something of what is of value in yourself. You are going to see what people need and want, and there is going to be a discovery of what you have that matches up with that.

The man who dug a hole and buried what he had most likely didn’t even know what it was. How sad. And that is the way it is with lots of us… we are too afraid of seeming silly or losing out. We aren’t losers when others say we are, but I think we are in danger of being a loser when we say we are. Just because we live lives that fulfill those inner prophecies.

Faithfulness demands development, it produces increase, it is the process and pathway of destiny.

And here is a little advice: if you come up short on faith, ask for some. Those boys in the parable weren’t trading with their own currency, they were capitalized by an Investor.