Thursday, November 1st, 2012
Buried Treasure (Part 3: Refusing The Role)
The lazy man will not plow because of winter; He will beg during harvest and have nothing.
Proverbs 20:4 (NKJV)
He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap.
Ecclesiastes 11:4 (NKJV)
In action movies, handsome heroes chase buried treasure. Like in Indiana Jones or Pirates of the Caribbean. They hope to reap where they did not sow, like God: 'I reap where I have not sown, and gather where I have not scattered seed' (Matthew 25:26).
Can God's people enjoy treasure buried by others? God says 'Yes.' 'The wealth of the sinner is stored up for the righteous' (Proverbs 13:22). In The Parable of the Talents, the lazy servant's talent was given to a proven man of action.
'Therefore take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents. For to everyone who has, more will be given, and he will have abundance' (Matthew 25:28-29).
Common sense concurs. 'If you want something done, ask a busy person' (Benjamin Franklin), which brings us to...
Mistake #2: Laziness, a.k.a. refusing the role or ignoring the gift.
When God gives us a talent, it is a priceless treasure. We honor Him and help His people by investing it in the world. Just as money invested creates a boom economy, talent invested creates a boom harvest: good work, glad tidings, and hearts turned toward Heaven.
As for a proper work ethic, it's the opposite of burying a talent through laziness. God says, 'Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might' (Ecclesiastes 9:10), 'And whatever you do, do it heartily as to the Lord' (Colossians 3:23).
Therefore, we who are His servants must invest the talents He gave us into the world for the profit of all concerned.
To Be Continued...
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Buried Treasure series.