Lazy Servant

Today's devotion from Matthew 25. Unfortunately, the people in the church who need to hear this truth most, are those least likely to encounter it. The reason is simple, they're busy burying their talent. Before I get ahead of myself, let me set the context of my meaning.

In the parable of the talents, the master gives money, talents, to his servants for them to use on his behalf. Just so we're all on the same page, a talent is a lot of money (some sources say 1 talent=20 years pay for an average person at this time). If you think about this way, to one servant he gives 100 years, to another he gives 40 years, and to the last he gives 20. Even the smallest is no small amount, and we can understand what this servant would be terrified of losing 20 years worth of blood, sweat, and tears.

You know the story. They each responded to the gift. Two of them doubled their master's original investment. The last was content simply to not lose it. Two lived offensively, one lived defensively. Two took risks to honor their master, one took no risk to save his own skin.

And that's the point that brings us to an unfortunate truth.

Too many people in the church are too focused on saving their own skin to risk anything for God. Even those who feel they've got "less" than others to offer in the church have an enormous amount entrusted to them for the Kingdom. They're not gifted speakers or noted theologians, so they're just not going to do much of anything. They're not going to rock the boat. They're not going to risk. They're not going to sacrifice. They're going to content themselves with not risking themselves.

Yet the simple truth remains that they aren't really risking anything. No matter the amount entrusted, 5, 2, or 1, it is all the master's. He risked it when He placed it in the hands of His servants. He was willing to risk it on them. He was willing to take a chance. What is this servant risking? He's already a servant.

Maybe the answer was given to us in the parable? Maybe the answer is in the descriptor used to describe this servant? Maybe the servant was just lazy?