I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground.
I love the Parable of the Talents. Maybe because entertainment's my field. Maybe because talent once meant money. Maybe because that old measure of wealth has evolved into a new currency.
Now talent is a gift or aptitude- used most often to describe performers: athletes and artists who make sparkle. When rightly managed, talent's still money- maybe even more than in Bible days.
Consider some facts of this Parable:
1) It's the last story our Teacher told us.
2) Perhaps we're also in the last of times.
2) In it, a lord went away (Jesus has).
3) Much later, the lord came back (Jesus will).
4) He gave his servants a great commission:
5) A job to progress before his return.
5) He told them to multiply his talents,
7) To build his kingdom and bring him glory.
8) Two of them did as he asked. One did not.
9) Two received praise and wonderful awards.
10) One was rebuked and sent into darkness.
Why didn't he do what his lord ordered? Laziness or perhaps a fear of risk? Did he let fear, not faith, direct his path? By burying his lord-given talent, he was an unprofitable servant.
Therefore, the lord took away his talent and gave it to the higher achiever: one who showed courage and obedience.
Jesus tells us more: 'No one lights a lamp and hides it in a jar or puts it under a bed. Instead, he puts it on a stand, so that those who come in can see the light' (Luke 8:16).
Closing thoughts: When saints ignore or bury their talent, they dishonor the gift and the Giver. With no faith, fans, fruit... or glory to God.
But that's not you. You step out in courage. Your stage size or jobs don't measure success. What does? Simply showing up and showing off God.
## Burying God's Talent: A Criminal Offense
NOTE: This is a 2021 update of a 2011 Carey Lewis Devotion. You may see notes to 'Actors, Models & Talent for Christ.' If you think you're not in show business, think again. Shakespeare said, 'All the world's a stage and all its men and women merely players. Mostly true. But you're not merely players. You are messengers and ambassadors for the King of kings.
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Burying God's Talent: A Criminal Offense series.