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Hello Friends: 5.30.13 – The Parable of the Talents

Hello Friends,

A week or so ago I was reading the Parable of the Talents in Matthew 25:14-30.  You may want to take a few moments to read this great parable from Jesus. In a nutshell, a master prepares to go on a long journey by entrusting his property to a number of servants. To one he gave five talents (a specific amount of money), to another he gave two talents and to the final servant he gave one talent.

I want to focus on the actions of the “One Talent Guy” in particular. He chose to take the one portion of money he was given and bury it in the ground, while the others invested it and got a healthy return. When the Master approached “One Talent Guy” for an account of his resources he said:

“I was afraid and I went and hid your talent in the ground.” Matthew 25:25

I’m struck by the connection of fear and hiding.
When a person is afraid a very common response is to hide. We see it all the time.

Scary movie?  Crawl deeper under the blankets.

Angry boss?  Avoid him in the hallways.

Wanted for a crime? (let’s hope not…). Put on a cap, fake mustache and lay low.

Regardless of the situation, when we are afraid we tend to HIDE.

Adam and Eve did it. Genesis 3:8-10 says this:

“And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid,because I was naked, and I hid myself.”

Fear & Hiding.

Perhaps you’re fearful of something. Is it past sin?  Is it a present situation?  Is it a future scenario?  Are you, like Adam and Eve, dealing with shame and all you can think to do is to hide?

Can I challenge you?

Don’t. Hide.

Come out into the light and discover “perfect love that casts out fear” (1 John 4:18).

Blessings,

John