Hiding Your Talent
And I was afraid, and went and hid your talent in the ground.
Matthew 25:25 (NAS)
The biblical use of the word 'talent' refers to a measure of currency--something precious and valuable.
Today, we think of a 'talent' as a gift or aptitude. Both definitions apply to those who work in the talent industry. God gives us valuable gifts that He intends for us to use to help others and to glorify Him.
In the Parable of the Talents, a master (the Lord) gives each of three servants talents to invest before He leaves on a long journey. Two of the servants double their talents, and upon His return, the Lord rewards them with praise that all Christians long to hear: 'Well done, good and faithful servant' (Matthew 25:23).
However, the third servant fears losing His talent in the world, so he buries it. He refuses to take a risk. In response, the Lord takes his talent, hands it over to the more profitable servant--and casts the fearful servant into utter darkness.
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).
God tells us to step out of our comfort zone and take a risk with the talent He gives us. If we hide it in fear of failure, we dishonor both the power of the Giver and the gift. We show no faith.
Therefore, we walk in faith, multiply His talent, and shine His light for the benefit of others--thereby giving God the glory He deserves.