It’s not mine


What was so wrong about the one-talent man hiding the talent in the ground? Because it belonged to his master:

“But the one who had received one talent went out and dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money in it” Mt 25.18 NET (emphasis mine).

It wasn’t his to do with as he wanted. He had received it from his master with instructions about what to do with it.

We have received from the Lord the message of salvation. It is not ours. We cannot do with it as we prefer. If we hide it in our church buildings, if we fail to speak it to everyone, if we bury it by being silent, we, like the one-talent man, will be thrown out, as worthless servants, into blackest darkness of separation from God, because we have failed our instructions.

Are we going to be good hole-diggers, or faithful carriers of redemption?

Oh, rich and powerful Lord, I want to hear your words of approval, “Well done, good and faithful servant”! Help me to live and serve and speak to all about salvation, for your commendation.

Hold this thought: The gospel’s never served by a hole in the ground; / In every place, let’s make a holy sound.

J. Randal Matheny

Be pithy.

4 thoughts on “It’s not mine

  1. I used that (the one talent man) as a quick point in my sermon a couple of weeks back while talking about gifts that God gives. My point was that God expects us to use what’s been given to us because he doesn’t give useless gifts. I didn’t use 2 Timothy 1:6, but it really holds the thought. A lack of use can definitely lead to a lack of appreciation.

    A little bit of a different direction that your post, but I thought the general idea was the same.

    1. Very much the same. At first, I thought the verse, as I read it in Portuguese, said that he hid the money *from* his master, which would have been an interesting point. But it was the money *of* his master. I blame the weak morning light as I sat on the front porch. After reading it again, another important point dawned, the one I try to make in the devotional. Thanks!

  2. Great thoughts as always, brother. And…love the NEW look of the site. Sleek!

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