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.