Yesterday, God broke my heart when He shared with me a parable from Matthew 25:14-30:
14 “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. 15 To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one bag, each according to his ability. Then he went on his journey. 16 The man who had received five bags of gold went at once and put his money to work and gained five bags more. 17 So also, the one with two bags of gold gained two more. 18 But the man who had received one bag went off, dug a hole in the ground and hid his master’s money.
19 “After a long time the master of those servants returned and settled accounts with them. 20 The man who had received five bags of gold brought the other five. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with five bags of gold. See, I have gained five more.’
21 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
22 “The man with two bags of gold also came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘you entrusted me with two bags of gold; see, I have gained two more.’
23 “His master replied, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’
24 “Then the man who had received one bag of gold came. ‘Master,’ he said, ‘I knew that you are a hard man, harvesting where you have not sown and gathering where you have not scattered seed. 25 So I was afraid and went out and hid your gold in the ground. See, here is what belongs to you.’
26 “His master replied, ‘You wicked, lazy servant! So you knew that I harvest where I have not sown and gather where I have not scattered seed? 27 Well then, you should have put my money on deposit with the bankers, so that when I returned I would have received it back with interest.
28 “‘So take the bag of gold from him and give it to the one who has ten bags. 29 For whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them. 30 And throw that worthless servant outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
Many call this the parable of the talents. Would we ever imagine ourselves to be the wicked servant who hid his talent in the ground? I wouldn’t ever want to imagine that…but that’s exactly where I was for the past four months.
I am called to write, and I have known every day in the past four months that I have been going against that calling by not writing.
You see, it’s simple. I didn’t want to. I didn’t feel like doing it. However, obedience has nothing to do with feelings. Obedience has everything to do with decisions.
I know that God has a plan for my life in writing. And Satan has thrown everything he can against me in relation to this calling. Tonight a few arrows got through. However, I am fighting back with obedience to what God has asked me to do today. I will no longer keep my talent hidden.
Sometimes we are afraid to make a decision to obey because we don’t know if we can consistently, day after day, do what we are asked to do.
You know what? I know that I can’t. I have come to the end of myself so many times to realize that I need God’s leading and push every single day. And you know what? I’m just going to be obedient today and trust God to help me to be obedient tomorrow.
Lesson for today? God has given you a talent. He has invested something inside of you. Are you hiding it or investing in its growth?