'I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground. Look, there you have what is yours.' But his lord answered and said to him, 'You wicked and lazy servant, you knew that I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed. So you ought to have deposited my money with the bankers, and at my coming I would have received back my own with interest. Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents... And cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'
As the last parable in the Book of Matthew, The Parable of the Talents (Matthew 25:14-30) has special significance. Consider its placement near the end of two chapters (Matthew 24 and 25) in which Jesus describes earth's closing chapters (a.k.a. 'end times').
This story is about buried treasure: the 'haves' and the 'have nots,' the 'whys' and the 'why nots.'
Who are the 'haves'? In the parable, the one who has everything is the lord, representing our Lord. The others who 'have' are his servants, to whom he entrusted various amounts of talent (a.k.a. wealth).
The two wise servants invested his talents and doubled them. Their lord left them with a job to do, and they wanted to do it well. As a result, each received a commendation and a promotion:
'Well done, good and faithful servant; you have been faithful over a few things, I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord' (v.21).
The 'have not' is the servant who buried the lord's talent. Consequently, it became buried treasure and brought no return on his lord's investment.
Why did he bury it? According to the lord, this servant was wicked and lazy. According to the servant, he was scared. His ending was not good.
Nor will our ending be good--if through evil (forgetting our Lord), laziness (complacency), or fear (refusing to step forward in faith) we do not multiply the talents He entrusted to us.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Buried Treasure series.