14For it is just like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted them with his possessions. 15To one he gave five talents, to another two talents, and to another one talent—each according to his own ability. And he went on his journey. - Matthew 25:14-15 TPT
The richest place on the earth is by far the grave! So many people have died and buried their gifts, talents and purpose God had for them. The Parable of the Talents should be a warning for followers of Christ.
To that end, it should wake us from our slumber to stop thinking our purpose comes from just going to church and hosting events.
The richest place on the earth is the grave, but it doesn't have to be.
The servant who had the one talent thought it was best to just hold on to it and bury it.
24 “Then the one who had been entrusted with one thousand gold coins came to his master and said, ‘Look, sir. I know that you are a hard man to please and you’re a shrewd and ruthless businessman who grows rich on the backs of others. 25 I was afraid of you, so I went and hid your money and buried it in the ground. But here it is—take it, it’s yours.’
Lord help us from being afraid to multiply the gifts and talents God has provided! There are folks in church sitting on and burying their gift. Burying one's talent and playing church doesn’t make us more fruitful in God’s Kingdom.
It makes us disobedient.
The servant’s actions displeased the Lord greatly.
26‘You wicked, lazy servant!’ replied his master. ‘You knew that I reap where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed....28Therefore take the talent from him and give it to the one who has ten talents. 29For everyone who has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. But the one who does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. 30And throw that worthless servant into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
Ultimately, we know our time on this earth is short. Scripture makes that abundantly clear. It’s later than we think.
The parable should be a sober reminder that we will have to give an account back to God for the things He’s entrusted to us.
Indeed, the richest place on the earth is the grave, but it doesn't have to be that way.
What treasures has the Lord entrusted to you? How are you using it for His Kingdom and Glory?