Carey Lewis Devotions
Wednesday, February 12th, 2014
Deny Shy (Part 3)
Your Talents… Or His?
For the kingdom of Heaven is like a man traveling to a far country, who called his own servants and delivered his goods to them. And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey. Then he who had received the five talents went and traded with them, and made another five talents. And likewise he who had received two gained two more also. But he who had received one went and dug in the ground, and hid his lord’s money. After a long time the lord of those servants came and settled accounts with them.
Matthew 25:14-19 (NKJV)*
Consider other definitions of shy: 'Easily frightened away, timid; distrustful; wary; deficient' (Random House Dictionary). Applied to the Parable of the Talents, it might read like this:

Once upon a time, a wealthy lord planned a long trip. Before he left, he entrusted three servants with his wealth--expecting them to handle it wisely. When the lord returned, he looked upon his estate. Two of the servants doubled their lord's talents, and he commended each one:

'Well done, good and faithful servant; you were faithful over a few things. I will make you ruler over many things. Enter into the joy of your lord' (v.21,23).

But the third servant was shy (timid). Instead of investing his lord's talents in the world to multiply them, he was shy (frightened) about losing them. He was shy (distrustful, wary) of strangers, and preferred to stay comfortably at home. So he buried his lord's talent in the backyard. Therefore, when the lord returned, this servant was shy (deficient) of a return on his lord's investment.

The lord's words? 'You wicked and lazy servant... Take the talent from him, and give it to him who has ten talents' (v.26,28). The shy servant's outcome? 'Cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth' (v.30).

In Matthew 25, The Parable of the Talents is the final story told by our Lord before His crucifixion and subsequent departure from earth. In Body (as opposed to Spirit), He's on a long trip. But He's returning soon. In the mean time, His servants have been entrusted with His property. We are those servants.

Is today's talent industry the world's big bank of investment? Does it offer the greatest return? Surely in this mission field called media, we have been given an unprecedented opportunity to multiply His talents.

Actors, models and talent for Christ, make no mistake about it. The talents you hold are not yours, but His--and with them, you are not shy. Because fear has no place within you. Neither does timidity, distrust or deficiency. Shyness has no vote in the decisions you make. Because if you allow it to influence your present, it can ruin your future.

To Be Continued....

The Parable of the Talents:

P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Deny Shy series.

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"I labored, yet not I. By the grace of God, I am what I am, and do what I do' (paraphrase of 1 Corinthians 15:10). I love God's Word. As a late-in-life committed Christian with no Bible training prior to age 51, some people wonder how I'm qualified to write devotions. I wonder that, too. But God loves children and fools for Him. I am both. Ghost Writer? God.

Carey Lewis

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