"And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine." Matthew 25:25
I know that this verse and parable deals with the subject of "talents" -- those things that the Lord has placed in our lives and made us stewards over. But as I read it I thought about the Word of God as a "talent", and remembered the words of James. "But be ye doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves." (James 1:22)
"Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights." (James 1:17) The talents in the parable were given by the master of the house- symbolic of the Father above. The Word is a good gift that has been given to us from the Father above. Not meaning to take these two scriptural accounts out of context but the comparison that I thought about was this: what are we doing with the Word of God that has been given to us?
What are you doing with God's Word? Are you being a hearer only? Are you forgetting about it once you close your Bible after reading it? Are you investing it and seeing it bring forth a harvest-- like the two other servants who were wise? Are you hiding it in your heart so that you won't sin against God? Or are you hiding it so that others don't see its benefits active in your life? Is it influencing, governing, forming and transforming your actions, words and attitudes? Or are you only reading it out of "Christian duty"?
In the parable of the talents the servant that hid the talent was called wicked. I wonder if we are being "wicked" if we forget about God's Word and do not apply it in our lives? (I know we are definitely being "unwise" if we don't.) One thing is for sure, if we are doers instead of only hearers it will keep us from being "wicked"- it will make us holy and more like Jesus.
Have a great day. Do you want to be wise and profitable, or foolish and wicked? Then that will depend on what you do with God's Word-- hide it and forget about it, or do it.
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