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Biblical Purpose – Are you Wicked and Lazy?

May 2, 2013

Matthew 25:26

 “But the master replied, ‘You wicked and lazy servant! If you knew I harvested crops I didn’t plant and gathered crops I didn’t cultivate,…”


This verse is taken from the Parable of the Talents. In this Parable a talent is described as a measure of money, however from an application standpoint we can view a talent as the resources in our lives; such as time, money, abilities and authority.

The context of this story is that the master of three servants went away on a long journey. Before he left he gave each of servants a measure of money, or talents according to their own ability. After a long time the master returned and wanted to see how his servants did with the talents he had entrusted to them. The first two maximized what had been entrusted to them, and were rewarded handsomely. However the third one was not so faithful, or diligent.

If you haven’t connected the dots yet, this story is an illustration of Jesus as the master, and we are His servants. All of us were blessed with gifts and abilities in some way, shape or form. Just like the three servants above, everything we have is granted according to our ability, so obviously some maybe appear to have more. But we all got something to offer, nobody is absolutely useless, all have something to offer.

This third servant was relying on the fact that his master is so powerful and resourceful that his effort over one talent truly would be pointless. This is like us relying on the Sovereignty of God, so knowing that God works everything out anyway we don’t really pray, we don’t really grow in our walk, we don’t serve others, we just take care of me, myself and I. We just bank on the fact that we said the sinners prayer when we were a teenager, so we are good to go.

But, Oh how this servant was wrong. Not only was he called a wicked and lazy servant, but everything he had was taken away. And worse yet, he was cast into outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth (vs. 30).

My friends we all have talents. Whether you have one or five, be honest with yourself; are you doing everything you can to reproduce those  talents in others? Does verse 30 mean that so called believers could be cast into outer darkness? In all honesty, I personally am not sure. But whether it is yes or no do you really want to take that chance? Whatever happens, it doesn’t look good.

Lets be faithful and good servants (vs. 21,23)! Use your talents, abilities, money, time, authority; whatever it is use it to bring God glory. Use it to spread the gospel, and spread the name of Jesus wherever you go; so that not only will others come to know the greatest gift of all in Jesus, but that you will be told: “Well done, good and faithful servant” !


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