'Lord, I knew you to be a hard man, reaping where you have not sown, and gathering where you have not scattered seed. And 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 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.'
A tomb was no place for Jesus, and a hole in the ground is no place for His talents. 'No one after lighting a lamp covers it over with a container, or puts it under a bed; but he puts it on a lampstand, so that those who come in may see the light' (Luke 8:16).
Actors, models and talent for Christ: 'You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden' (Matthew 5:14). The time is now for God's performers to rise and shine, because darkness covers the earth and deep darkness the peoples. But the glory of the Lord is upon you. It is upon the talents He gave you.**
Because the talents you hold are not yours, but His. Because 'Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights' (James 1:17). Because when Jesus returns to earth, He expects to see a return on His investment in you.
Because a servant who buries God's talent is a gravedigger. Because a gravedigger should not bury the living, and because talents are alive. They need air, care and space to grow.
Because the third servant in The Parable of the Talents hated his master's dream. Therein, he hated the dreams of others: those who could be helped by their use. His fate? 'Cast the unprofitable servant into the outer darkness' (Matthew 25:30).
'It is required that we be profitable; and if we be not, Christ will not own us as His servants' (Benson Bible Commentary).***
Actors, models and talent for Christ: You are God's profitable servants. I am awed by your brave performances. My plea is for you to continue: continue to take God's talent to the world, even when it's hard, even when you can't see the profit... because God sees it.
My second plea is caution: Do not be cautious towards performance, but be cautious towards dream haters. Learn to recognize, ignore and avoid them. Certainly don't join them. Because the multiplication of the talents God has given you is foretold throughout Isaiah 60. Consider Its end:
'A little one shall become a thousand,
And a small one a strong nation.
I, the Lord, will hasten it in its time' (v.22)
That end is your end.
* The Parable of the Talents: https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+25%3A14-30&version=NKJV
** See Isaiah 60:1-3 (NASB)
Arise, shine; for your light has come,
And the glory of the Lord has risen upon you.
For behold, darkness will cover the earth
And deep darkness the peoples;
But the Lord will rise upon you
And His glory will appear upon you.
Nations will come to your light,
And kings to the brightness of your rising.
*** Benson Bible Commentary on Matthew 25:30: http://biblehub.com/commentaries/matthew/25-30.htm
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Dream Haters series.