In Matthew 25 Jesus told the parable of the talents. You will remember that the master was very pleased with the first two servants who invested their talents wisely, but with the third servant who buried the one talent in the earth, the master was very angry and had him cast out into the darkness “where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matt. 25:30, NIV).
I want you to notice the reason this servant gave for burying his talent. In verse 25 the servant said, “So I was afraid and went out and hid your talent in the ground.” He buried his talent in the ground because of fear.
Fear causes many people to bury their talents in the ground. I’m not talking about the ground in your backyard. Genesis 2:7 says God formed man from the dust of the ground—we are the ground! People bury their talents within themselves because of fear.
I think one of the most tragic places you could ever visit is a cemetery, not because of the people who are buried there, but because of what is buried within the people who are buried there. So much has been buried and lost for all eternity because someone was afraid of being hurt, afraid of criticism, afraid of rejection, afraid of financial difficulty or physical danger.
My friends, one day we are all going to stand before the Master and give an account of what He has entrusted to us. I pray you’d be willing to take a risk so that on that day you won’t be ashamed.
This is Daniel Kolenda
encouraging you to live before you die.
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