In the parable of the talents, I used to wonder why the master called the servant who hid his talent ‘wicked.’
Slothful? Yes. Fearful? I can understand…but ‘wicked’? That’s quite a stretch.
Then I heard someone give a slant on it, and I went, “Oh…I see!”
The kingdom structure is one of interdependence.
Let us imagine – using secular occupations – some citizens are doctors, a few are farmers, others are bricklayers etc.
The farmer feeds the hungry doctor, who in turn treats the sick carpenter, who then repairs the leaking roof of the trader…and on and on it goes.
Everyone has something to give.
Or more accurately, each of them has been given something – to give another.
Now, imagine you rush your convulsing child to the hospital, and when the doctor on duty sees you, he goes into hiding because – in his own words – “I am afraid” or “I am shy.”
You really, really understand his insecurities, but you still plead with him to save your baby because he is already qualified.
Yet, he doesn’t, because…
…he is afraid.
So the infant dies.
What do you call that doctor? Wicked.
Why? After all, he was just insecure.
No, he was selfish. He was more concerned with his ‘feelings’ than with helping a dying child.
Unfortunately, a lot of us are sometimes ‘wicked.’
The Master gives each of us something – a word, a gift, a message, a talent – for another. We are a drowning man’s lifeline, a thirsty traveler’s oasis, a dark city’s lamp…
But we are so concerned with ‘ME’, we withhold the lifeline, stop the oasis with sand, and hide the lamp under a bushel – using a myriad of reasons:
“I am…not worthy.”
Newsflash: No one is.
So were Moses and other heroes of faith – yet they stepped out anyway.
Same as above.
“I am…scared of being seen as a fraud.”
Well, are you?
A: No, of course not! (So, what’s the issue?)
B: Yes, I am. (Then, repent and change.)
“I am…worried about what people will think.”
Stop it. Let’s just stop it.
The I AM Himself is weary of hearing us couch self-centeredness and self-absorption beneath flimsy excuses of humility and fear.
He wants us to get over this obsessive fixation with ‘ME’ – and just give.
He says, “Your purpose is bigger than ‘you.’ Take your eyes off ‘you.’
It is NOT about YOU.”
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Your purpose is bigger than ‘you.’
This is divinely inspired.
Well done Debby
Thank you for reading, Jennifer…
Whenever I want to dodge a responsibility in Church these days, I just remember we’ll give account to God at the end of everything. How will I explain that I was shy when he gave me the spirit of love, courage, and a sound mind? Thank you, ma🙌
…and you are welcome 🙂
Thank you for your post! It really spoke to my heart to not fear in the ways God wants to use me to bless others. It is so important that we bless others and not let fear, insecurities or anything get in the way. Thank you for this encouragement! 🙂
You are most welcome, Nikki 🙂
According to his purpose and tasks for us….we were called ❤️😌
Will hug you tight when I see you! You know na!
Hmm.. it’s not about us. It’s about him. We are the called according to his purpose not according to our capacity.. Thank you so much mentor.
‘According to His purpose, not according to our capacity.
Thanks for reading 🙂
(Smh at you…)